Democrats Inch Toward Torture Probe
By Jason Leopold
January 23, 2009
As President Barack Obama reverses some of ex-President George W. Bush’s most controversial “war on terror” policies, a consensus seems to be building among Democratic congressional leaders that further investigations are needed into Bush’s use of torture and other potential crimes.
On Wednesday – the first working day of the Obama administration – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would support funding and staff for additional fact-finding by the Senate Armed Services Committee, which last month released a report tracing abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib to Bush’s Feb. 7, 2002, decision to exclude terror suspects from Geneva Convention protections.
This is a great piece rehashing all the latest congressional statements and actions regarding any possible criminal investigation of the Bush administration. Leopold states that Democrats are surprised by the recent statements by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in favor of a commission to probe the policies of Bush.
But why are Democrats surprised? I’ll excuse the use of Leopold’s weasel words about “Democrats” without saying exactly which Democrats, as there is some truth to this statement that Democrats are surprised. There has been some but not a great amount of buzz around the blogs - such as Daily Kos and After Downing Street - concerning prosecutions. But, I am not surprised by this.
These actions to investigate Bush after the fact fall right in line with the spineless stance the Democratic Congressional leaders took when Bush was in office, when the crimes were being committed. They have cowardly waited until Bush was out of power to begin any serious debate about the legality of his and his underlings’ actions and policies.
Now that Bush is gone, they seemingly find the balls they didn’t have before. The timing of the release of Conyers’ 486-page report on Bush should have been shoved in his face when he was still in town. The Democratic leaders are still cowards after all these years and it is sad that it really doesn’t surprise me.
What they’ve done is like waiting until the schoolyard bully is through beating on you and is walking away before you get the nerve to call his mother a tramp. He just turns and laughs at you and you cry.
That’s what Bush and his ever-clinging dingle berry Rove is doing right now down in Texas. They’re turning their heads and laughing at the weaklings.