Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bush's Arrogance

I read this column in the Washington Post and I think the tone of it is both hilarious and frightening.

It recounts the administrations response to the Supreme Court decision rejecting their illegal and unethical method of trial for the Guantanamo detainees.

The Bush administration's view was neatly summarized by Steven Bradbury, the Justice Department lawyer serving as lead witness. "The president," Bradbury said, "is always right."

"Surprising and disappointing . . . without historical analogue" was Bradbury's view of the high court's ruling on the Hamdan case.

Rather than regard it as a defeat, Bradbury said it presents Bush with an "opportunity to work together" with Congress.

The ranking Democrat, Patrick Leahy (Vt.), fished for any admission that the administration's legal view had been wrong. Bradbury retorted: "It was completely reasonable."

When Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested a framework for future tribunals, Dell'Orto cut him down. "I have many concerns about taking that approach," he said.

The witnesses were even dismissive of the new Pentagon memo applying the Geneva Conventions to all detainees for the first time. "It doesn't indicate a shift in policy," Dell'Orto said.

This is absolutely hilarious to me. The spokesmen, when presented with perfectly logical suggestions and criticisms were quick to say, "This has never been a problem, we haven't changed, you people are assholes, the president is always right."

The level of arrogance in this Administration is just beyond belief.

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