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  •  He could resign, but then what? (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe it's the easy answer, but he thought he could still do more to steer the issues/debate from the inside. Also consider how those speaking out against the Presidency were smeared, and such smears were gobbled out and regurgitated by the press.  

    As to his attempted My Lai cover-up, I only listen to opinions of those who have served and have spoken out to the wrongs they have seen.  It's easy to say what "I would have done" from the comfort of ones home.  He lives in a grey world, not the black an d white one his critics seem to exist in.  

    Primary out Arlen Specter. The GOP basically turned their primary battle into the general, and either way they win as a Republican wins the seat.

    by Jonze on Sun May 24, 2009 at 11:44:17 AM PDT

    •  He Lives at the Level That Most Matters to His (1+ / 0-)
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      And he's repeatedly seen war and other crimes, and always stood with the criminals silent and lying to his country and to his world.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun May 24, 2009 at 12:16:04 PM PDT

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    •  Jonze, isn't the "grey world" excuse dangerous? (0+ / 0-)

      Laws for the treatment of people captured in a conflict were written and ratified in order to create the black and white decision necessary to prevent torture and abuse.

      There are some issues that are not grey, aren't there?

      And the ticking time bomb?  This could only occur if people charged with security missed the ball.  Will breaking the law and torturing really save us if the bomb is ticking?  Maybe and maybe not.  The jihadist could care less about dying and would probably lie, creating a scenario that would give the bomb time to explode, taking the jihadist with it.

      Yes, there may be grey areas; however, not when it comes to the actual treatment of another human being, regardless of how intent they may be to do harm.

      We are on a pin point in history.  There is much America is guilty of.  That is the past.  We can easily find out sins with the click of a mouse.  However, because we now know the depth and extent of the evil done in our name, we must not miss this opportunity to clean up our act.  The days of Cold War Covert illegal activities and the recent torture issue provide us with the fodder we need to TAKE A STAND and move forward in a more Canadian way, with honor, in my opinion.

      But, I guess it's easy to take the high ground when we don't know the details, right?

      Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

      by War on Error on Sun May 24, 2009 at 12:29:56 PM PDT

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