Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The admitted outlaw

In his ABC interview this week, Vice President Cheney said that he knew the Iraq War was unprovoked and that he personally approved illegal interrogation techniques. He admitted on national television that he broke the law — not just petty misdemeanors, but serious international war crimes.

Is it just hubris that made him do it, or something more sinister? Could it be a calculated strategy to get it on the record so that President Bush will be forced to pardon him?

This man is a calculating, arrogant, fascist outlaw.

And I do use the word fascist correctly:

Fascist — someone who supports or advocates a system of government characterized by dictatorship, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition and extreme nationalism.

The laws that Cheney admits to breaking are among the ones for which the Tokyo War Crimes Trials sentenced Japanese military and government officials to life imprisonment and death:

Count 1: as "leaders, organizers, instigators, or accomplices in the formulation or execution of a common plan or conspiracy .. to wage wars of aggression, and war or wars in violation of international law."
Count 27: waging unprovoked war against China.
Count 54: "ordered, authorized, and permitted" inhumane treatment of Prisoners of War (POWs) and others.
Count 55: "deliberately and recklessly disregarded their duty" to take adequate steps to prevent atrocities.

Will he get a walk?

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