President still wants to use torture

How is it that a 50 year old document (the Geneva Convention) isn’t clear?  America has been able to get information out of prisoners for years without asking for a rule “clarification” from Congress. 

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell had great timing.  He had been quiet for too long especially on this subject.  He sent a letter to John McCain which added a considerable about of political weight to McCain and other Republicans trying to resist the President.

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WaPo:

A Senate committee rebuffed the personal entreaties of President Bush yesterday, rejecting his proposed strategies for interrogating and trying enemy combatants and approving alternative legislation that he has strenuously opposed.

The bipartisan vote sets up a legislative showdown on an issue that GOP strategists had hoped would unite their party and serve as a cudgel against Democrats in the Nov. 7 elections. Instead, Bush and congressional Republican leaders are at loggerheads with a dissident group led by Sen. John McCain (R), who says the president’s approach would jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops and intelligence operatives.

Despite heavy lobbying by Bush, who visited the Capitol yesterday, and Vice President Cheney, who was there Tuesday, McCain and his allies held fast. Even former secretary of state Colin L. Powell weighed in on McCain’s side.

Moments after the Armed Services Committee voted 15 to 9 to endorse McCain’s alternative bill, the Arizona senator lashed out at CIA Director Michael V. Hayden, who had also lobbied lawmakers personally. Continue reading

Bob Ney to plead guilty

From CNN.com:

Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, is expected to plead guilty as early as Friday to at least one criminal charge in an election-year congressional corruption investigation, Republican officials said Thursday night.

Ney, who has close ties with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has consistently denied wrongdoing. He announced earlier this summer he would not seek re-election, a step he took reluctantly and at the prodding of party leaders fearful of the loss of his seat.

The Republican officials who described the legal developments said they did not know whether Ney intended to resign his seat in the House. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of pending legal proceedings.  more

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Isn’t this the same guy who was acting like he did nothing wrong.  He was going to fight to the bitter end?

So, do we have enough troops?

From USA Today:

A senior American commander in Iraq said Tuesday that U.S.-led military operations are “stifling” the insurgency in western Anbar province but are not strong enough to defeat it.

Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer told reporters in a telephone interview from his headquarters in Fallujah that he has enough U.S. troops — about 30,000 — to accomplish what he called his main mission: training Iraqi security forces.

“For what we are trying to achieve out here I think our force levels are about right,” he said. Even so, he said the training of Iraqi soldiers and police had not progressed as quickly as once expected.

“Now, if that mission statement changes — if there is seen a larger role for coalition forces out here to win that insurgency fight — then that is going to change the metrics of what we need out here,” he added.

Zilmer, who has commanded U.S. forces in western Iraq since February, said increasing the number of U.S. troops there would help in the short term, “but at the end of the day I don’t think it’s going to be the significant change that is necessary to achieve long-term security and stability out here in Anbar.”  more

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Hum? If we had listened to General Zinni and put 350,000 troops in Iraq then we would have had enough troops to secure the borders.  Enough troops to train Iraq Forces.  Enough troops to stop the looting and keep order.  Then we wouldn’t have to read stories about nearly 100 brutal murders in Iraq.  Wow, that would be strange, a peaceful Iraq.  ;-)