Saturday, May 30, 2009

Petraeus calls for Gitmo to be closed

Gen. Petraeus: US violated Geneva Convention, the court of law could try terrorists: we made mistakes after 9/11: Close Gitmo

"Gen. Petraeus joined FOX News and Martha MacCallum today and gave a blockbuster interview, but probably not the one Fox expected. Once again, he called for the responsible closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. He also said that mistakes were made after 9/11 and that the Army Field Manual is all that we need to use to interrogate prisoners. In addition, he said that we have to have faith in our judicial system and we should try the Khalid Sheikh Muhammads in a court of law.

Martha tried to give him the ticking time bomb scenario to justify torture and he really didn't bite. He did say maybe an Executive Order could be appropriate, but that it really wasn't necessary. Petraeus repudiated pretty much most of what Limbaugh Republicans and the Rove/Newt/Cheney Party have been saying
(rush transcript)

MacCallum: Where do you think those people should go?

Gen. Petraeus: Well, it's not for a soldier to say. What I do support is what has been termed the responsible closure of Gitmo. Gitmo has caused us problems, there's no question about it. I oversee a region in which the existence of Gitmo has been used by the enemy against us. We have not been without missteps or mistakes in our activity since 9/11 and again Gitmo is a lingering reminder for the use of some in
that regard. "
The 'Cons aren't gonna like this. Petraeus strikes me as a careerist first and foremost. If the administration is pushing "de Surge" then by golly he's gonna be all for "de Surge." If the administration wants Gitmo closed then you can bet that Petraeus is going to be falling over himself pimping the necessity of closing Gitmo.

It may be for the wrong reasons, but it's nice to see Petraeus saying some of the right things.


Anonymous said...

Hey, Thanks for the links etc for the latest madness from the military's extended vacation at Abu Ghraib. Time to write another song about torture (don't worry - the first one I did isn't as bad as one might think!)

Found your blog from Chicago BMan -- this will be my 1st time there. I'm a singer and electronic musician, and hope to spend time making music with folks there.

P.S. I performed at I.O. a couple of times myself (as the poet whose work they'd then go off from.)

Downtown Dave said...

Would love to see your work someday. I've done some political musical material myself.

Check out Lakes of Fire if you're looking for an easier, shorter, upper-Midwest version of BM!