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I knows he's not much of a reader, but let's hope so, because there was a wonderful op-ed piece in the Stars and Stripes today.

The Bush administration is fond of advancing the myth that "everything changed" after 9/11.  This often is their justification for refusing to acknowledge legal and moral obligations under the Geneva Conventions, not to mention the Constitution.

Well today, retired Generals Joseph P. Hoar and David M. Maddox remind us how much has not changed:

The basic obligations of an occupying power, a matter of settled international law, have not changed. The standards we apply to ourselves when dealing with captives — like those we expect our enemies to observe in dealing with captives they hold — have not changed. And, unless we are willing to concede defeat, who we are as a nation — our character and the values we espouse — has not changed

The generals eloquently set forth both the principled and practical reasons that the United States should never engage in torture, and give new meaning to the term "Support the Troops."

The article is well worth reading, and can be found at

If you agree that it would be informative to the White House, perhaps you should send it on to George Bush, in care of Dick Cheney.

Originally posted to not a cent on Thu Dec 06, 2007 at 06:18 PM PST.

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