Monday, January 01, 2007

Hanging in Texas 

"I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging. [...] It's a huge honor to be the President, by the way. But one of these days I'll be back, settled in, sitting on my porch in Crawford, looking for somebody to come and recount old war stories with." ~ George W. Bush, Jan. 04, 2002

President's Portrait Unveiled in Texas State Capitol
Remarks by the President at Portrait Unveiling
Texas State Capitol
Austin, Texas
Office of the Press Secretary
January 4, 2002

"old war stories"

[Glenn Greenwald]
Monday, January 01, 2007
Iraqis learn the art of legal "workarounds"

This depressing New York Times article by John Burns and Marc Santora details the frantic, reckless manner in which Saddam Hussein was shoved into the noose in clear violation of Iraqi law. We can't even get a hanging right. With all of the world watching, we yet again were the primary authors of a violent, uncivilized, and primitive act which -- no matter how justified in some ultimate moral sense -- was carried out in the most thuggish, wretched, inept, and (we now learn) patently illegal manner.


So this is the grand and noble achievement which the President and his band of bloodthirsty followers are reduced to celebrating -- a lawless, thugish hanging, carried out in clear and deliberate violation of the law, by a bunch of homicidal street thugs and militia foot soldiers who themselves will be included among our next kill targets once our glorious "sustained surge" begins.

4 Texas Justice by Rope by Pierre Tristam.

4 How the West armed Saddam, fed him intelligence on his 'enemies', equipped him for atrocities - and then made sure he wouldn't squeal by Robert Fisk

4 The Low Profile: CNN and the New York Times Execute a Denial of History
by John Collins


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