Thursday, February 03, 2005

 

US Senate proclaims to world: "We love torture"

AKA, "Fuck you, world".
Senate confirms Gonzales for attorney general

Memo on torture fails to derail nomination


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm White House counsel Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, setting aside Democratic complaints he helped craft questionable U.S. policies on the treatment of foreign prisoners.

Gonzales, 49, a longtime friend who was President Bush’s legal counsel when he was governor of Texas, becomes the first Hispanic to be the nation’s top law officer. The vote was 60-36, with all the opposition coming from Democrats.

The 36 “no” votes were the second most ever lodged against a successful nominee for attorney general. John Ashcroft, whom Gonzales succeeds, was confirmed 58-42 on Feb. 1, 2001.

“This is a breakthrough of incredible magnitude for Hispanic-Americans,” said Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., calling Gonzales “a role model for the next generation” of Hispanics in this country

Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said he expected Gonzales, a former Texas judge, “to help lead the way for the creation of an America that despises hate and bigotry and recognizes that every human being deserves a government that will fight for the dignity and equality of all.”
Unless you're someone George W. Bush or Donald Rumsfeld doesn't like. (That was almost too easy.)

So, 5 Democrats have not learned their lesson (4 did not vote; don't know why). They have failed to fully appreciate Beck’s Axiom: Anyone George W. Bush appoints for his second term (or who is appointed by someone appointed by Bush for his second term) will be worse than the person being replaced.

In addition, they don't care that the rest of the world hates our guts and thinks confirming Gonzales is a clear sign that America has gone way too far down the road of becoming the world's largest rogue state. At some point, we are going to be listed on the EU's "axis of evil".

I know that no Republican gives a shit what the rest of the world thinks. The red state wingnuts positively revel in their ignorance of anything east of the Mississippi and north of Kentucky; for them, the enmity of the rest of the world is the biggest positive imaginable. But the Democrats should know better. And, at least, 36 did. But Joe Lieberman, Salazar, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, and Bill Nelson decided that America can be proud of Abu Ghraib and of the man whose legal memos provided the threadbare cover that Bush and Rumsfeld were demanding, America's legal obligations be damned.

But, 36 Democratic Senators can see the train wreck this Administration is hellbent on careening towards. They had the wisdom and courage to jump off the train and alert a heedless America of the danger. They may pay some small price now, but we will all pay a much heavier price soon and for a long time to come.

It would have been better if all 45 Democratic Senators had put George W. Bush on notice that they will not complaisantly bend over and let him paddle their asses with his bogus appointments and mendacious legislation. I'm sorry that Harry Reid could not provide stronger leadership. At least he voted no. And so did 35 other Democrats we can all be proud of.

The 5 who showed neither honor nor courage - shame on you.
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