12/31/2007

Looking at America

Great editorial in today's New York Times:

Out of panic and ideology, President Bush squandered America’s position of moral and political leadership, swept aside international institutions and treaties, sullied America’s global image, and trampled on the constitutional pillars that have supported our democracy through the most terrifying and challenging times. These policies have fed the world’s anger and alienation and have not made any of us safer.

In the years since 9/11, we have seen American soldiers abuse, sexually humiliate, torment and murder prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq. A few have been punished, but their leaders have never been called to account. We have seen mercenaries gun down Iraqi civilians with no fear of prosecution. We have seen the president, sworn to defend the Constitution, turn his powers on his own citizens, authorizing the intelligence agencies to spy on Americans, wiretapping phones and intercepting international e-mail messages without a warrant.

2 comments:

raptorpack said...

Great article, you know the public needs to be more aware of this stuff but it is difficult since the writer's strike...no Daily Show or Colbert to keep me up to speed and to re-vitalize my revolutionary tendencies every night.

1031 said...

Stewart and Colbert return on January 7. Without writers, of course, but at least it's something.