Monday, May 22, 2006

McCain for President? Sorry!

The ever-pandering John McCain has cast his lot with the biggest band of thugs, rapists, assassins and human rights violators ever to come down the pike. I am referring, of course, to the United Nations, which, like McCain, has called upon the United States to shut down the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay.

First, I resent being lectured by a bunch of crooked, lying murderers who wouldn’t know a human right if it hit them upside the head. And second, I resent being lectured by John McCain, who works so hard at being a maverick that he is beginning to look like James Garner.

McCain covers his wimpishness by saying, we ought to try them, execute them or release them. But this is the same John McCain who would outlaw not just torture, but degrading treatment of terrorist prisoners. He got a pass from me on that, only because he was a prisoner of war and knows firsthand the horror of torture. I disagree with him totally on that (and think we should be ripping out the fingernails of captured terrorists and then killing them when we have exacted every ounce of pain and information from them), but he gets a pass based on personal experience. As for Guantanamo, he gets a big, fat raspberry from me.

What, pray tell, does he really think we ought to do to people we have picked up on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere for murder and mayhem against Americans, Jews and anyone (including fellow Muslims) who doesn’t agree with them?

These terrorists are not a party to the Geneva Convention, they don’t wear uniforms and they are indiscriminant in their use of violence. They deserve to be dead, but in our magnanimous humanity, we have chosen to keep them in an offshore prison. Not a one of them should go free until we are absolutely certain that they will not simply rejoin the terrorist cause. How do you make absolutely certain of that? You don’t. But as long as we are at war with their terrorist brethren, short of simply executing them, we must keep them in custody.

Despite my dislike for him, I have always given McCain his due for sticking to his support for the War on Terror, but this latest piece of foolishness leads me to believe he has a weak stomach for dealing with the real issues confronting civilized humanity in an age of terror. That would not serve him in good stead were he to run for President, much less occupy the office.


At 5:54 PM, Blogger misneach said...

Except that there is little or no evidence that any sizable portion of the people being held at gitmo are, or ever were, terrorists.

This is from a report by a team from the Seton Hall University School of Law, based on U.S. Defence Department official releases:

1. Fifty-five percent (55%) of the detainees are not determined to have committed any
hostile acts against the United States or its coalition allies.
2. Only 8% of the detainees were characterized as al Qaeda fighters. Of the remaining
detainees, 40% have no definitive connection with al Qaeda at all and 18% are have no definitive
affiliation with either al Qaeda or the Taliban.
3. The Government has detained numerous persons based on mere affiliations with a
large number of groups that in fact, are not on the Department of Homeland Security terrorist
watchlist. Moreover, the nexus between such a detainee and such organizations varies considerably.
Eight percent are detained because they are deemed “fighters for;” 30% considered “members of;” a
large majority – 60% -- are detained merely because they are “associated with” a group or groups the
Government asserts are terrorist organizations. For 2% of the prisoners their nexus to any terrorist
group is unidentified.
4. Only 5% of the detainees were captured by United States forces. 86% of the
detainees were arrested by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to United States
custody. This 86% of the detainees captured by Pakistan or the Northern Alliance were handed over to the United States at a time in which the United States offered large bounties for capture of suspected enemies.

These people have been held for FIVE YEARS without charge or trial. That is, by definition, internment. Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia were much criticised for their policies of internement... are we no better than them now?

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Shane Briscoe said...

I would like to see that report, "based on U.S. Defense Department official releases." I don't trust for a minute any analysis by a university. I believe most of the detainees were picked up initially in Afghanistan, fighting U.S. forces and others have been picked up by our allies in the War on Terror. The "peace and love" crowd would have us believe that these are all just innocent people picked up by our government for no good reason. The fact that you suggest we are on a par with the Nazis and Stalinist Russia (when there are absolutely NO parallels with what they did, either in scale or level of brutality) says it all. At any rate, I question the statistics you cite and would bet the DoD doesn't agree with them either, despite what Seton Hall says. You know, when I was at West Point at the height of Vietnam and universities were banning military recruiters and ROTC, anti-war types were invited to address the cadets. We had more academic freedom than the universities and my guess it is even worse today. So, no, I don't trust Seton Hall. I do trust our military and our serious government officials who realize there is a war to the death on and take their responsibility of protecting American citizens seriously.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Shane Briscoe said...

I Googled Seton Hall University Law School and Guantanamo and just read the report. One of the authors is counsel to two Guantanamo detainees, so he is making his case for his clients. If you read the report carefully, there are some HUGE "assumptions" made that are full of holes. The defense counsel is doing his best to cast our government in the worst possible light and the poor detainees in the best possible light. The quotes you pull out of context look impressive, but if you read the entire report, you will see that the "assumptions" made and the extrapolations are pretty specious. The case the defense counsel is trying to make is that our propaganda leaflets and reward offers have only resulted in innocents being handed over to us. As I said in my first reply, consider the source: Seton Hall University and a counsel to two Guantanamo detainees. How about we release them to YOUR neighborhood, Misneach? If you read my blog through, you will know my daughter is a United flight attendant and had been on Flight 93 ALL SUMMER BEFORE 9/11. Then she got transferred. Pure luck. This is much closer to the bone than you realize, Misneach, but you go on preaching peace and love and see what it gets you if your liberals get into office and the terrorists breathe a sigh of relief. I trust the United States far more than I trust Seton Hall, the left and the terrorists in prison at Guantanamo. But go ahead, see if you can spring them and then invite them over to dinner.


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