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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

The Great Oz Has Spoken

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on MSGOP:

I think [Saddam Hussein's transfer to the new Iraqi government]...shows that Iraq is sovereign. That it took possession of Saddam and these eleven other bad boys, I think, is a graphic demonstration of that.

That's a graphic demonstration of something, and I wouldn't call it sovereignty. It's fascinating that Saddam doesn't fall under Geneva, but somehow countless other faceless souls in Abu Ghraib are covered by the Conventions and thus get no rights under Iraqi law. Pay no attention to all those other Iraqi prisoners behind the curtain.


ntodd

PS--This picture of Armitage is begging to be Photoshopped into the Wizard from the movie. You know, when they meet him for the first time and there's all that smoke and fire...

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Joe DiRita works for the State Department?

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement | Jun 30, 2004 6:45:01 PM

The sad thing is that Arnitage is one of the more sane people in the administration.

Posted by: fourlegsgood | Jun 30, 2004 7:35:57 PM

but somehow countless other faceless souls in Abu Ghraib are covered by the Conventions and thus get no rights under Iraqi law.

C'mon, they're famous now.

How ungrateful for them to complain... they got to be on the TV!.

That's gotta count for something.

Posted by: mdhatter | Jun 30, 2004 7:52:32 PM

The Geneva Convention is meaningless. The days where armies suited up like the Packers and Bears are long gone. Today's civilization has graduated to mindless, cruel brutality, capable of killing millions of human beings from weapons the size of a shaving can. If this were really about dealing with contemporary challenges instead of digging up every possible angle to change administrations, the trolls would be back in the allys tagging garage walls.

Posted by: RD | Jul 1, 2004 7:06:06 AM

The Geneva Convention is meaningless.

We've certainly made the Conventions meaningless. We use them as cover, complain when our opponents (non-signatories) do not, and disregard them when inconvenient. Read the articles and see the lunacy.

Personally, I find the Conventions to be idiotic because there has never been a way to legislate humanity in warfare. But we signed the treaty, it is the law of the land, and the President is not above the law, despite what DoJ lawyers think.

Posted by: NTodd | Jul 1, 2004 7:29:40 AM

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