Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Bush: "Detainees Trained To Disassemble"

Yesterday in the White House Rose Garden, george bush followed dick cheney's lead in dismissing Amnesty International's scathing criticisms -- without ever dealing with any of the allegations, of course. Here's an account from the BBC: Bush says Amnesty report 'absurd'
"I'm aware of the Amnesty International report and it's absurd, it's an absurd allegation," the president said during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House.
This non-denial was strangely reminiscent of the remark bush made when dismissing suggestions that he may have known more about 9/11 than he has been willing to admit. In that case, his words were "That's an absurd assinuation". [Sic!]

Somebody should have told this so-called president a long time ago that simply calling a statement "absurd" does not render it untrue.

Oh yeah ... and speaking of rendering ... the USA also routinely ships prisoners to foreign countries to be tortured. They call it "extraordinary rendition" or simply "rendering". I call it "Torture by Proxy". It may sound extraordinary but in reality it's just one more of the administration's policies, which they lie about every time they get a chance.

But I digress. Let's get back to the White House Rose Garden.
The report from the London-based human rights group followed allegations made by former detainees at Guantanamo Bay and other US facilities across the world.

Mr Bush said its accusations therefore stemmed from "people who hate America, people that have been trained in some instances to disassemble, that means not tell the truth".
Isn't that beautiful? But that's not all! The vice president has been getting in on the fun as well, again! This time he said
"I think the fact of the matter is the United States has done more to advance the cause of freedom, has liberated more people from tyranny over the course of the 20th century and up to the present day than any other nation in the history of the world," said the vice president.
Amnesty hit back. Executive director William Schulz said: "What is 'absurd' is President Bush's attempt to deny the deliberate policies of his administration."

"What is 'absurd' and indeed outrageous is the Bush administration's failure to undertake a full independent investigation."
The lowly and nearly frozen Winter Patriot hit back too:

Listen up, you little half-wit: No it doesn't!. "Disassemble" does not mean "not to tell the truth". "Disassemble" means "to take apart". Even little kids know that. They word you were looking for was "dissemble". I think the voice of God is having trouble reaching your pointy little ears, so why don't you turn up the volume control? Then you could hear God -- or is it Karl?? -- a lot better, and next time you might not make such a stupid mistake. Just turn that little knob clockwise. Yeah, clockwise: to the right! Is it getting louder? Ok, that's the right knob then. Loser!

You listen up too, big dick: This is not about the 20th century. You cannot possibly hide your crimes behind the good reputation your country once enjoyed. This is not about what America did for the world during the 20th century. This is about what has happened since you and your dim-witted half-pint buddy took over. And you cannot hide behind that reputation because you, personally, have done so much to besmirch it. Perhaps you remember 'stimulating' the so-called 'department of justice' to come up with a plausible legal 'justification' for the abuse you wanted your armed forces to be free to hand out -- to guilty and innocent alike -- not only in Afghanistan and Iraq but in Gitmo, too! And elsewhere! Why not everywhere? You evil bastards!

Perhaps you also remember a 'brilliant jurist' who came up with the notion that the Geneva Accords were 'quaint'. That's right, alfredo or alphonzo or whatever his name is. The Spanish-American guy, you know, half-wit's buddy from Texas. Yeah, him. He's the attorney general now. I knew you would remember. Right, alberto. alberto the torture-enabler. How quaint.

Perhaps you might like to explain how it happened that -- at the very same time as alberto the torture-enabler wrote his famous brilliancies, 'bad apples' began appearing in military prisons and causing all these "isolated incidents" of "detainee abuse" ... oh never mind, dick. You wouldn't explain anything anyway. You'd just brush it all off and claim you're offended ... and meanwhile your half-wit buddy can try to convince people that all these abused detainees can safely be ignored because they were trained to take themselves apart. So just forget I even asked, ok?

But in the meanwhile, how are those fifty million newly-liberated people -- whose countries are now sufficiently contaminated with depleted uranium to be classified as "uninhabitable" -- how are those people going to live long enough to enjoy their new-found "freedom"? Never mind. Don't bother.

Here's my last question, and it's for everybody: What do you think? Was half-wit trying to imply that the former detainees who have been released from his illegal detention camps are trained in lying, but he and his sidekick the big dick were not?

I think he was. I honestly think he was. And that, for me, is the most absurd assinuation of all.

It's so funny I almost forgot to laugh.

Color me frozen.