But let's face it, Code Pink isn't protesting the sadistic policies of Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld. They're not reminiscing about Abu Ghraib or Bagram. Fallujah or Baghdad. The kangaroo trial of Saddam Hussein. The murder of his two sons. They're going after our guy and his C.I.A. His Joint Chiefs. His Pentagon. It has been long enough. The policy of American exceptionalism has to end now. It is not moral to hold the world to one standard of justice and fair play and wholly exempt ourselves from any responsibility to international laws and treaties.
My friend, Che Pasa, has offered an affectionate criticism of Obama and the policies of his administration entitled, "Documenting the Atrocities." It's a good starting point. He always has something important to say. He doesn't say it in a way calculated to hurt other people.
I'm not really gifted in the same way. I need your help. I don't fucking get it. Obviously we have all been tolerating these assassinations with their uncontrolled collateral damage as somehow necessary or possibly even justified; the dark underbelly of the insensate beast that is the C.I.A./Pentagon. Maybe you haven't been so passive in your acceptance. I don't think I ever anticipated that we would still be talking about this in a second term for Obama. I understand that one man, not even the president, can really change the trajectory of U.S. national security; the forces that are at play with powerful government and military agencies. No more than the captain of a large vessel can throw himself in the path of the rudder or challenge the monarch that has commissioned him. But it is time for the American people to weigh in. Make our voices heard. And it is time for the United States of America to take part in international treaties that insure justice and humane treatment for all peoples of the world.
It's not right. It's not acceptable. It's probably not legal. If it happened to us, we would massively retaliate.
Under Bush, the U.S. refused to ratify Kyoto and claimed exception to the International Court. That's because they were the bad guys, right? The fucking war criminals. Obviously there would have been dozens, if not hundreds of cases brought before the Hague. It's time for a new Geneva Convention or some equivalent meeting of the United Nations. If drone warfare is not something to be condoned, this needs to be agreed upon by the nations of the world. Is it right to conduct assassinations in countries that are not engaged in warfare, declared or undeclared? If the rights of innocent civilians are already protected in Geneva Convention Protocols, should not the U.S. be prosecuted for indiscriminately violating these protections?
I hate this monster John Brennan. I hope he goes down like a Viet Cong company engulfed by a flame-thrower. Like the little girl hit by napalm. Like the innocent Iraqi young men rounded up and shoved into prisons that practiced torture like it was all in good fun. I hope the son-of-a-bitch never works again as long as he lives. Carl Levin asked him quite simply if he believed that waterboarding was torture. His response was a torture of slowness. He said something like the word "torture" is politically inflammatory. What a dumb, fucking monster.
In a related moment of American shame, whatever select Senate committee that is privileged to the deepest, darkest secrets of the American exceptionalism model was just subjected to some kind of horrifying legalistic logic that somehow justified drone strikes. Irregardless of all that has happened in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. I recall the tortured legalistic logic that John Sununu and Alberto Gonzalez used to justify torture, extraordinary rendition and illegal detention.
We can do better. America doesn't have to be the dragon. Killing muslims and their families only creates more terrorists that hate the United States and their allies. I thought that we learned that painful lesson ten years ago.