Monday, June 12, 2006
More Gitmo Problems For Bush

The more information that comes out about the , the more embarrassing it is for the Bush administration.

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration distanced itself Monday from remarks by a U.S. diplomat that the weekend suicides of three Arab detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison were a "good P.R. move."

"I would just point out in public that we would not say that it was a P.R. stunt," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, using the abbreviation for public relations. "We have serious concerns anytime anybody takes their own life."

Colleen Graffy, deputy assistant U.S. secretary of state for public diplomacy, told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the deaths at the U.S.-run camp in Cuba were a "good P.R. move to draw attention."

Graffy also told the BBC the deaths were "a tactic to further the jihadi cause."

Graffy’s comments really put a monkey wrench into Bush’s attempts to appear as a champion for Human Rights. The funniest thing about all of this is that Graffy really echoes the crazy, unhinged beliefs of Conservatives. They will not, for the life of them, even consider the possibility that these suicides were nothing but successful attempts to leave a Hell, a Hell that these people may be facing for no reason, whatsoever. It is much too easy to look at these detainees as the enemy, even though there is a chance that they may be innocent… this way, you do not have to face the fact that the Bush administration may be doing something morally corrupt. This way, you don’t have to admit that your side may --gasp-- be wrong.

A group of prominent religious leaders endorsed a statement, which is set to appear in The New York Times on Tuesday, protesting any American use of torture as "morally intolerable." The White House has said the U.S. does not condone or practice torture.

"Nothing less is at stake in the torture abuse crisis than the soul of our nation," the ad reads. "Let America abolish torture now — without exceptions."

Among the signers to the statement are the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; the Rev. Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life"; and retiring Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Organizers say former President Jimmy Carter has also signed onto the ad, along with several Jewish, Muslim and black leaders.

Also, the American Medical Association said Monday the direct involvement of doctors in prisoner interrogation is unethical and violates their oath to do no harm.

"Physicians in all circumstances must never be involved in activities that are physically or mentally coercive. If physicians engage in such activities, the whole profession is tainted," according to the new policy adopted by delegates at the AMA's annual meeting.

The suicides prompted an extraordinary round of global outreach by officials from the White House's National Security Council, the State Department and Bush's congressional liaisons.

This also puts the Bush administration into an interesting position. It now has Christian leaders calling things that it may partake in as absolutely immoral, and asking them to stop, if in fact they are doing these things. On one side are the Christians that Bush claims to represent, and on the other are the Neocons (the Christianists who put politics before Jesus) who actually think there is nothing wrong with Gitmo.

We’ll see if Bush chooses the right side, for once.


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