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    there's a pretty clear difference between your examples and the intentional murder of innocent American.

    Goddamn it, no there isn't !

    As Governor of Texas, he had a responsibility to review clemency pleas prior to executions. By all accounts he and Gonzales willfully shirked that responsibility. The direct consequence of that was the death of those people. Even Bush's coke and booze damaged brain should understand that. If he wasn't prepared to take the responsibilities of the Governor seriously, he had no business seeking that office.

    Equally, the pretext for invasion of Iraq was trumped up and fabricated.

    Gonzales drew up memos permitting torture. Tortured prisoners died in Abu Ghraib. The best I can say for Bush is that he was ignorant of this memorandum. If other leaks are to be believed he signed an executive order permitting torture.

    In all these cases Bush's lack of due diligence (to put it mildly) had an entirely predictable conqsequence.

    Yes, this is not the same as pulling the trigger himself, but he still bears the responsibility: the responsibility to take such very grave decisions with the utmost seriousness and diligence. He singularly failed to do that. Just as he failed to heed clear warnings about Al Qaeda.

    Other presidents have certainly taken military decisions that led to the loss of life. I'm hard pressed to think of a case where the ONLY justification was furthering their political agenda. I believe Clinton did it formostly because it was the right thing to do. I absolutley fail to see what political advantage Clinton gained from say Somalia or Bosnia.

    -B

    •  I believe (none)
      Bush I had already sent the troops to Somalia before Clinton took office.

      Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. - Orwell

      by TracieLynn on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 09:06:39 PM PST

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