Notes on the Atrocities
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Thursday, May 13, 2004  

Let's start with the facts first:

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday that he and other top officials kept President Bush "fully informed ... in general terms" about complaints made by the Red Cross and others over ill-treatment of detainees in U.S. custody.

"We kept the president informed of the concerns that were raised by the ICRC and other international organizations as part of my regular briefings of the president, and advised him that we had to follow these issues, and when we got notes sent to us or reports sent to us ... we had to respond to them, and the president certainly made it clear that that's what he expected us to do," Powell said.

So the question is, what's more surprising--that Bush has been lying about his ignorance, or that the good soldier seems to be dabbling in impertinance? Obviously, the latter. So why would Powell, shamed, discredited, and powerless, at this late date suddenly find a backbone? Partly because, as a good soldier, he has to protect those underneath him as well as above him. But maybe also because the jig is up for Bush:

Powell met with Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in January 2003 before the Iraq war; on May 27, 2003, after Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq; and in mid-January this year....

During his January visit to Washington, Kellenberger met not only with Powell but also with Rice and, reportedly, with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

I'm serious--if we don't start hearing rumblings of impeachment, I'll be surprised (even if they're just rumblings). Things are that bad for Bush right now.

posted by Jeff | 9:58 AM |
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