Skip to comments.NYT Editorial Accuses American Soldiers of War Crimes
Posted on 01/01/2008 8:22:50 AM PST by PJ-Comix
In what looks like an editorial authored by one of the more extreme members of the Democratic Underground, the New York Times ended the year with a rabid leftwing rant that among other things accused American soldiers of war crimes on a large scale:
In the years since 9/11, we have seen American soldiers abuse, sexually humiliate, torment and murder prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq. A few have been punished, but their leaders have never been called to account. We have seen mercenaries gun down Iraqi civilians with no fear of prosecution. We have seen the president, sworn to defend the Constitution, turn his powers on his own citizens, authorizing the intelligence agencies to spy on Americans, wiretapping phones and intercepting international e-mail messages without a warrant.
If you think these assertions are outrageous, the Times' editorialist was only getting warmed up:
There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country. Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation plotted to cover up the torture of prisoners by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators by destroying videotapes of their sickening behavior. It was impossible to see the founding principles of the greatest democracy in the contempt these men and their bosses showed for the Constitution, the rule of law and human decency.
No mention in the editorial about Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats being briefed on waterboarding way back in 2002. The main point of this editorial was to attack the Bush administration and Republicans with absolutely no anger directed against actual terrorists:
We have read accounts of how the governments top lawyers huddled in secret after the attacks in New York and Washington and plotted ways to circumvent the Geneva Conventions and both American and international law to hold anyone the president chose indefinitely without charges or judicial review.
Those same lawyers then twisted other laws beyond recognition to allow Mr. Bush to turn intelligence agents into torturers, to force doctors to abdicate their professional oaths and responsibilities to prepare prisoners for abuse, and then to monitor the torment to make sure it didnt go just a bit too far and actually kill them.
The White House used the fear of terrorism and the sense of national unity to ram laws through Congress that gave law-enforcement agencies far more power than they truly needed to respond to the threat and at the same time fulfilled the imperial fantasies of Vice President Dick Cheney and others determined to use the tragedy of 9/11 to arrogate as much power as they could.
So according to this New York Times editorial the real problem isn't the terrorists themselves but the fear of terrorism that was used to fulfill the "imperial fantasies" of Vice President Cheney and other EVIL Republicans in their drive to acquire power. You can almost hear the violins playing as the Times laments the fate of the poor little terrorists at the hand of the Bush administration:
Hundreds of men, swept up on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, were thrown into a prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, so that the White House could claim they were beyond the reach of American laws. Prisoners are held there with no hope of real justice, only the chance to face a kangaroo court where evidence and the names of their accusers are kept secret, and where they are not permitted to talk about the abuse they have suffered at the hands of American jailers.
The editorial concludes with a plea to in effect elect a Democrat as president to correct all the horrible misdeeds committed, according to the fantasies of this editorialist, by the Bush administration:
These are not the only shocking abuses of President Bushs two terms in office, made in the name of fighting terrorism. There is much more so much that the next president will have a full agenda simply discovering all the wrongs that have been done and then righting them.
We can only hope that this time, unlike 2004, American voters will have the wisdom to grant the awesome powers of the presidency to someone who has the integrity, principle and decency to use them honorably. Then when we look in the mirror as a nation, we will see, once again, the reflection of the United States of America.
Reading this warped editorial, one has to wonder what the DU screen name of this author is over at the Democratic Underground.
If the squeal this much about GWB I cannot wait to hear em yell when Fred gets in the Whitehouse.
They will never, ever "get it"
Article such as this bring to mind two, currently popular, myths.
1. It’s just about a difference of opinion.
2. We can continue to peacefully co-exist with such people.
OK, let’s hope this was a last-gasp expulsion of venom, a prelude to turning over a new leaf for 2008. Yeah, right! :)
I guess the NY Times editor made a New Year’s Resolution to do their part in in helping their side on the War on Terror. I just wish their side was the USA.
Why didn’t John Kerry sign his name?
When you have no fear of retaliation for being a traitor, of aiding and abetting the enemy, this is what you get from liberals.
authorizing the intelligence agencies to spy on Americans,...when did that happen?
SEE???????? EVERYONE who works for the New York Times are LYING TRAITORS!!!
It’s Haditha round 2! Blaring accusations without a shred of truth, that they will have to retract on page 37, of section U...in about 4 months...buried near the bottom of the page...in small print.
Every last one, from Sulzberger on down should be tried and hung.
this rag is a traitor to their own country...wonder how long it will be before they go down
Nice SE course plotted toward Zed. Full speed ahead!
What do youe expect? Its from a DUmmie in a Dummie rag.
“They will never, ever “get it””
They will for a very brief moment after the terrorists cut their heads off.
The REALLY sad part is that most of the comments are in favor of continued treason by the Slimes. Hopefully, their bottom line will continue to suffer until it gone.
If I thought for one second that liberals had a conscience, I would ask “How do you sleep at night?”
“OK, lets hope this was a last-gasp expulsion of venom, a prelude to turning over a new leaf for 2008. Yeah, right! :)”
Glad you put the “Yeah, right!” after the first sentence. I was gonna ask that you not hold your breath waiting...”
The NYT is treasonous - and so are their remaining subscribers.
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