Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Three Words

On Friday, August 1st, 31 retired military leaders sent letters to both the DNC and RNC. These Generals and Admirals are
calling on the Democratic and Republican Platform Committees to include platform planks unequivocally rejecting the use of torture and other official cruelty in the treatment of prisoners.
Rejecting and ending torture should not be a partisan issue, and so the group has appealed to both parties to actually do the right thing. So far, only the DNC has moved forward. Over the weekend, the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee met and included the following three words in the draft of the Democratic Platform: We Reject Torture.

Three little words. They almost sound like "I love you."

24 comments:

Liberality said...

the republicans ought to be ashamed, deeply ashamed, of themselves but they aren't.

Randal Graves said...

More great threesomes (no, not those): have some cake, Bush found guilty, Cheney found guilty, you're a winner, vote for Diva, work is over.

You have to hand it to the GOP Evil Machine over the last few decades. They've successfully managed to turn these non-partisan, no-brainer issues into things that are actually debated by people who should know better.

DivaJood said...

Lib, one needs a heart and a conscience to feel shame.

Randal, you do prioritize well. Have some cake should always be first.
RNC Official A: "so do we reject torture?"
RNC Official B: "Of course we do, but it's not torture when we're doing it, because those ragheads aren't really human."
RNC Offical A: "Well, thank god THAT's settled."

okjimm said...

Real torture is having money enough for one beer and looking at 27 tap handles.

Makes me confess immmmeditotly...immidately...emodiately....

...ah, right away.

But why should such a letter need to be sent? Especially to OUR political parties...by OUR military leaders? Boy... is something whacked in Whoville, or what?

DivaJood said...

okjimm, no kidding - why should we even have to address torture? That is how low the Bush administration has brought us. But for me, real torture is knowing that himself was in Los Angeles for a press junket and I was stuck at the office.

Mary Ellen said...

I think it's great that the Democratic Party wrote those three words, but does it mean anything to them, or is it nothing more than a political ploy? Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and other Democrats knew all about the torture and rendition flights and said nothing. I want to see more than a bunch of empty words from both parties, Democrat and Republican.

DIVA JOOD/NUNLY '08
WE NOT ONLY REJECT TORTURE-WE FORBID IT!

DivaJood said...

Nunly, that is a great bumper sticker. We should settle on colors and print it.

Bradda said...

"Torture...built Ford tough!"
It's the American way...sadly.

DivaJood said...

Bradda, do you mean Gerry Ford?

Border Explorer said...

Another Rethuglican administration (i.e. McBush) would be more torture than I could handle.

DivaJood said...

BE, aka Randal's Intern, please don't scare me so late in the day.

FranIAm said...

We.
Reject.
Torture.

Words that need to be said over and over and over and then acted upon with integrity!

Kvatch said...

Rejecting and ending torture should not be a partisan issue...

Nor an issue in the first place. That it is is a metric of how far this country has fallen.

Randal Graves said...

diva, question: would you spontaneously combust if our dear Alan was to star in a firefighter pic?

DivaJood said...

FranIAm, we should never have been brought to this point at all.

Kvatch, exactly! I want my country back.

Randal, oh.my.god. I might. That would be just sooo shiny.

Dean Wormer said...

You dead right.

The only torture that should be allowed should be allowed, imo, is that involving wet pasta or between consensual adults who like to play with a leather mask that has a zipper for a mouth..

ahem.

Tom Harper said...

Who needs those 31 wimpy generals and admirals anyway? (Kidding!)

Unfortunately the Bush Administration hasn't budged an inch on torture or Iraqmire, no matter how many generals and former Bush cabinet members give conflicting advice or write tell-all books. I'm glad these 31 ex-military leaders are coming out against torture, but it won't have any effect on Bush or the Republican party.

DivaJood said...

DEAN WORMER! You are a CAD.

Tom, 31 Wimpy Generals sounds like a restaurant chain.

susan said...

I'm glad they said it but the very fact that they were compelled to say it only makes me realize just how crude the culture has become.

DivaJood said...

Susan, we're at the end of civilization. Really.

Fran said...

Ugh!

AAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

& Errrrrrrgggggggggggg

There! I said it!

DivaJood said...

Fran, hilarious. Only not so much.

Spartacus said...

Did this even make the news? I'm glad to see that these retired officers have taken such a public stance, but trying to get through to either party's leadership is like talking to obstinate kid who covers her ears and says "I'm not listening...la la la la."

DivaJood said...

Spartacus, it did make some news. However, how we've even gotten to this point is what's troubling. We've sunk so low, that we have to actually make this statement - words vs. actions.