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Commentary :: Human Rights : International
Bush and Rumsfeld Teaching Ethics to Soldiers?!
02 Jun 2006
Modified: 09:34:24 AM
Every time you think you’ve seen everything, the Bush presidency tops itself with a new act that is more outrageous than the last one, but really, they’re going to have to stretch to top the idea of this administration teaching ethics to soldiers.
This Bush Administration just keeps on topping itself when it comes to outrages.

Now, after the press exposed a couple of cases of civilian massacres by U.S. forces--massacres the military tried to cover up--they’re calling for "ethics training" for the troops in Iraq.

Note that we are now more than three years into the slaughter, with our own forces responsible for the needless deaths of tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children (the president himself has casually acknowledged "30,000 civilians dead, give or take").

Note that the administration--including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney and Commander-in-Chief Bush himself--are responsible for the "rules of engagement" that have led to most of those deaths--the aerial "shock and awe" bombardment of populated cities, the leveling of cities like Samarah and especially Fallujah, the use of prohibited incendiary weapons like napalm and white phosphorus, the use of fixed-wing and helicopter gunships that saturate wide areas with lethal machine-gun fire, and not least the deadly tactics of "spray and pray" response to attack, and to shoot-to-kill orders at military roadblocks.

This administration's talking about teaching ethics to soldiers is something akin to having the Israeli military or Hamas teach non-violent conflict resolution tactics, or having Attorney General Alberto Gonzales teach a course on civil liberties and the Bill of Rights.

This administration's idea of ethics is to redefine torture to permit waterboarding and the use of 24-hour stress positions.

This administration's idea of ethics is to round up legal alien residents in the U.S., including people who were given asylum because of persecution in their home country, and to deport them back to those countries without a legal hearing.

This administration's idea of ethics is to take the most vile symbol of repression in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the Abu Ghraib Prison, and to convert it into a torture center for U.S. forces to use on captured Iraqis.

This administration's idea of ethics is to kidnap people, both here in the U.S., and overseas, and to "render" them in secret to dank, dark gulags in former totalitarian states of Eastern Europe, and at Guantanamo Bay, there to torture them and even kill them at will, while hiding them and their fate from even the International Red Cross.

This administration's idea of ethics is to kidnap, render and torture people, and eventually release them when it is finally demonstrated that they have a case of mistaken identity, and then to refuse to admit the mistake or even offer compensation.

This administration's idea of ethics is to lie to its own people in order to be able to start a war against a nation that posed no threat, for purely domestic political advantage.

The point is, we're talking about an administration of war criminals--people who should be indicted and put on trial, or, in Bush's case, impeached and then indicted and put on trial, for crimes against humanity. And these guys have the gall to call for the teaching of ethics to the poor troops it has thrown into a pointless and hopeless war and occupation in Iraq?

Are we supposed to take this seriously?

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Re: Bush and Rumsfeld Teaching Ethics to Soldiers?!
02 Jun 2006
Would this be along the lines of ethics training many, many large businesses require their employees to attend? AMybe something similar to the ethisc classes every college student attends? So what is the big story here?
Re: Bush and Rumsfeld Teaching Ethics to Soldiers?!
02 Jun 2006
Sounds like a decent idea. Nothing wrong with extra training or education. I remember the ethics classes I took in college and they were informative, interesting and fun.
Sickos, Training Sickos!
02 Jun 2006
How can anyone joke about indiscriminate killings? How can anyone shoot babies? Let alone women, crippled and elderly?
This whole administration are war criminals. They should be sentenced to live without parole.
This isn't the United States I grew up in...This is modern day Nazi America.
Enjoy the illegal, immorral and unjustified acts of this sick bunch. It will soon change.
Marines getting their Commandments From Hell or The Devil's Brigade
02 Jun 2006
The Devil (Bush) on Ethics: "Thou Shalt Kill, Thou Shalt Steal, Thou Shalt Covet thy Neighbors Goods. Now you've heard it straight from The Devil's Mouth."
Be Sensitive
03 Jun 2006
Rummy has been coopted by the PC Left. Decades of sensitivity training and diversity trainng apparently haven't worked. But we'll just send more folks to more seminars taught by high priced consultants who otherwise would never find a job in a real business.

This won't have a chinaman's chance of working.
Re: Bush and Rumsfeld Teaching Ethics to Soldiers?!
05 Jun 2006
Seems like an intelligent idea. Can it hurt? Not one bit so what is the problem?

Ashamed American.......feel free to leave at any time. There are millions that will volunteer to assist with packing, shipping and flight expenses.