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Monday, August 23, 2004

We are all in Abu Ghraib now

Paul Craig Roberts is supposedly a conservative columnist. I first became aware of him right after the invasion of Iraq began, when he ran a strongly-worded anti-war column in the Washington (Moonie) Times, a paper which almost always supports the Bushies. Well, Roberts is still writing, but no longer for the Moonies.
Where do matters stand? We are all in Abu Ghraib now. If the government declares you "an enemy combatant" or a "material witness" you have no rights. The government can hold you forever without charges or until you admit to some offense in order to escape from isolation and from psychological and perhaps physical torture.

I would rather take my chances with terrorists.
I remember, while working on the Kucinich campaign, thinking that the supposedly radical-left Kucinich had more in common with the libertarian right (anti-war, anti-NAFTA, decriminalize pot, protect civil liberties) than he did with Clinton/Kerry Democrats who support the Patriot Act, the "war on terrorism," the war on Iraq, and so on. That's what the two-party system is all about, apparently--suppressing reasonable people by confining them to the fringes.

In any case, just like with Pat Buchanan, I find much of what Roberts says to make more sense than most of what the "mainstream" Democrats are saying, especially on foreign policy.