/*PenDragn: Republicans Ready to Cave on Bush Administration Desire for Torture*/


Republicans Ready to Cave on Bush Administration Desire for Torture

Once again, as usual the unthinkable becomes thinkable with Republicans as long as those poll numbers and campaign funds keep rolling in.

Deal allows president to continue to decide which interrogation methods are okay with the Geneva Convention.

"Well lets see here. We branded pledges at Yale. So that's got to be okay. " --W.

(According to a mainstream news report interviewing Doonesbury's G. B. Trudeau who went to Yale at the same time, Bush's fraternity burned brands into pledges and the president defended the practice.)
( I can't find that one report anymore, but here's a nearly current report on that part of Bush's history.)

And as before, the deal includes specially focus-grouped excuses and other BS for Republicans to use to explain why caving in is good for the country. The campaign contributions will be in the mail.

The Washington Post reports:
Yesterday's final marathon talks occurred in Vice President Cheney's little-known office on the second floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. McCain, Graham and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.), plus Hadley and Steven G. Bradbury, acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, met almost continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.,..

Yeah, it takes time to select which one of Karl Rove's specially crafted excuses for giving in to the Bush administration's fondest wishes you will use.

We saw this with CAFTA. The Republicans suddenly came up with excuses for why they could support the onerous trade deal after the 2004 election when they had promised their constituency that they never would cave into the Bush administration before the election.

We'll see it again this year as those Republican Congressionals that are for closing the border now suddenly realize that "Guest Worker" program will be just fine after all. The post election campaign funds they will receive for doing so, will do nicely for reducing the debt encured while running on closed border promises.

The Republican party Congressionals really have little to run on if they have to do it on charades and lies, only to melt and cave in on little things like preventing torture.

Smith and Babbington at the Post do a good job of keeping their heads out from under Karl Rove's armpits and report (though near the end of the article):
A senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said in an interview that Bush essentially got what he asked for in a different formulation that allows both sides to maintain their concerns were addressed. "We kind of take the scenic route, but we get there," the official said.

A McClatchy News servive report notes:
The American Civil Liberties Union, however, urged lawmakers to reject the deal, saying it didn't protect due process and was "a compromise of America's commitment to the rule of law."

"The proposal . . . deliberately provides a `get out of jail free card' to the administration's top torture officials, " Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, said in a written statement. ". . .The president would have the authority to declare what is - and what is not - a grave breach of the War Crimes Act, making the president his own judge and jury. . . . These are tactics expected of repressive regimes, not the American government."

Eugene Fidell, the president of the National Association of Military Justice, which serves as a watchdog over military prosecutions, said details of the deal were too scant to render an analysis. He sharply criticized the closed-door negotiations, saying the terms should have been the subject of public Senate hearings.