Monday, June 20, 2005

Republicans Out to Obscure Issues, Again

"Go fuck yourself"
Vice President Dick Cheney, on the Senate floor, 2004

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) called the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay comparable to the inhumane tactics used by Nazi, Soviet and Cambodian concentration camps. Hyperbole is lost on Republicans when it is used against them. Durbin said he regretted his comments, which as On The Mark pointed out here, is not the same as apologizing for the content of what he said.

However, there are major issues with the way the U.S. is handling prisoners these days. If the U.S. government suspects one of plotting against it, one can be held indefinitely without legal counsel, which on that level seems comparable to the above mentioned concentration camps.

The point here is to get the Guantanamo Bay issue out of the newspapers and not attempt to solve the problem at hand -- typical of the Republicans.


Janet said...

Do you ever watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? It's the best way for someone like me to get their news.:)

The Misanthrope said...

I love the Jon Stewart show and his book America. You do know of course that Jon Stewart has warned people not to get the news from his show. Getting the news exclusively from his show would be akin to getting the news from only Toner Mishap, except that he is funnier. However, he does not have all the Chewbacca stuff we have.