In his new book, George W. Bush proudly defends his decision to authorize torture for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. You might think that a former President, only two years out of office, admitting to war crimes in no uncertain terms would make headlines, but CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and even the BBC are mum about it.
Perhaps this is because the revelation is not exactly new. Anyone paying attention knows that prisoners have been tortured and that such torture, far from being “a few bad apples” was approved procedure. The Bush Administration hasn’t exactly been coy about this, despite their supporters simultaneously arguing that waterboarding didn’t take place, that it’s not torture, and that these are bad guys so they deserve it anyway.
In fact, the crowd that is usually horrified at the “moral relativism” of the Left has absolutely no problem with abusing prisoners of war, since it’s okay in this case. Nor have a lot of Christians who I presume have read the book of Matthew lost much sleep over what they are happy is done in their name.
Of course, Guantanamo is still open as are the various CIA black sites, and still doing business as usual (though they say they’re no longer waterboarding.) Our Nobel Peace Prize-winning secret Muslim President hasn’t done much of anything to stop this, and in fact has added the ability to straight up kill people we don’t like, including citizens. And it’s not like our new Congress will stand up and demand an investigation…well, not one into Bush Administration misdeeds, at least.
In addition, this Mother Jones article reports that it’s not as though the abuses we’ve seen towards these prisoners are much different from what is going on in our regular prisons every day. I’m not sure why we don’t just throw all convicted (or merely accused) criminals into a gulag in Alaska for life, considering how little we care about a fair and humane justice system.
At this point, I’m only astonished that Bush doesn’t cop to shoplifting, snorting coke off Cheney’s head, and beating Laura with a golf club. We’re all either too numb or too “moving forward” to care. For ten years we’ve been screaming about the destruction of American humanity and for what? So that this fool can smirk his way up the book charts with tales of his awesome bravery and how Kanye West hurt his feelings.