Deal avoids issue of Geneva Conventions

President Bush got a deal that permits the CIA to do aggressive interrigation of terrorist to learn their plots without messing with the grossly overrated Geneva Conventions. They were too important to a handful of Republicans who sided witht he terrorist rights Democrats. To get around the problem the war crimes act would be amended to make it clear that European interpretations of violations would not be permitted.

While the NY Times overstates the importance of the President's consession, the bottom line is he got what he wanted--the ability to continue the interrogations without subjecting the CIA employeees to legal violations. The Times did this because it overrates the "value" of the Geneva Conventions which have been wholly ineffective at protecting US forces and have become a unilateral contract that has the effect of awarding the terrorist for violating its terms.


  1. merv: would you like to join my group blog? you'd only have to post 1-2 posts/day; they could link back to your blog.

    i think you're one of the best all round news aggregators/commentators in the blogosphere, and deserve a bigger audience.

    if you could keep your posts down to 250/post and always indent/italicize the quouted section, and always post links to the newsitems, and ALWAYS end with a pithy comment, then you'd be perfect.

    think about it. let mer know. of course you'd keep bloggin at PP.


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