Paying for Eight Years of Bush’s Delusions
Posted on Nov 8, 2008
By Robert Fisk
Editor’s note: This article was originally printed in The Independent.
American lawyers defending six Algerians before a habeas corpus hearing in
That this nonsense was disseminated around the world by those tasked to defend the
But how is Barack Obama going to repair the titanic damage which his vicious, lying predecessor has perpetrated around the globe and within the
Obama has got to close
Indeed, there’s a growing concern among America’s allies in the Middle East that the U.S. military has to be brought back under control – indeed, that the real reason for General David Petraeus’ original appointment in Iraq was less to organise the “surge” than it was to bring discipline back to the 150,000 soldiers and marines whose mission – and morals – had become so warped by Bush’s policies. There is some evidence, for example, that the four-helicopter strike into
But Obama’s not going to be able to make the break. He wants to draw down in
There is just one little problem, though, and that’s the “missing” prisoners. Not the victims who have been (still are being?) tortured in Guantanamo, but the thousands who have simply disappeared into U.S. custody abroad or – with American help – into the prisons of U.S. allies. Some reports speak of 20,000 missing men, most of them Arabs, all of them Muslims. Where are they? Can they be freed now? Or are they dead? If Obama finds that he is inheriting mass graves from George W. Bush, there will be a lot of apologising to do.
AP photo / Charles Dharapak
President Bush as he makes a statement about the economic bailout bill and financial crisis on Sept. 30 at the White House.
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