Sunday, November 06, 2005

Wilkerson Charges Cheney Responsible for Prisoner Abuse

From an Editor & Publisher bit about Wilkerson's interview on NPR . . .

"There was a visible audit trail from the Vice President's office through the Secretary of Defense, down to the commanders in the field," authorizing practices that led to the abuse of detainees.”

5 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

I'd add a lot of other people to this list, too, as we've pointed out: Gonzales among them.

The question is, why not put this in the lap of the person who is at least nominally in charge, the president?

(Emphasis on "nominally.")

Sunday, November 06, 2005 4:30:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Here's the interview, I take it.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 4:33:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Well, that's shooting from the hip. Scary stuff; not at all unsurprising.

Bush is now in Reagan-land, re: Iran-Contra -- either Bush is in on it or is so out-of-touch with his own administration that he's negligent.

Could this perceived "weakness" partly account for the decline in the polls? Usually, the explanation is that Bush is paying for the unpleasant outcomes of his policies. Bush's biggest positive (correct me if I'm misremembering) was his tough decisiveness.

However, the more he looks like an out-of-touch, weak, manipulated executive, the more it hurts him. After all, he's not as old nor as good (relative term) an actor as Reagan was. Bush doesn't exactly score high on the "likeability" scale in that strange, ineffable way that Reagan and Clinton did -- to the dismay of critics of both.

In the land of social-psychological hypothesizing here, of course.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 5:42:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Whoops -- "not at all surprising" or "not unsurprising" but not both. LOL.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 5:43:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

"Could this perceived "weakness" partly account for the decline in the polls?"

I think you are onto something here. Bush has been unable to accomplish much of anything since Nov. 2004. He can't play the "can do" leader anymore, and all news is bad news. If you listen to his voice these days there's a note of real weakness in it. I get the sense that he's pleading. Did you catch what he said in Argentina? That "it's hard to host me."

We shall see, but it seems the entire party is going through some serious soul searching as they fumble for something more nuanced than fear mongering to get them through the 2006 midterms.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 11:15:00 PM  

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