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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Lie du Jour

"Our department doesn't do that kind of thing. It's against the law." -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, referring to "Christian" Pat Robertson's call for the U.S. to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

While I guess Rummy might argue that some of the many US-sponsored assassination attempts through the years--in Cuba, Central America, Southeast Asia, etc.--were done by the CIA and not the Pentagon, there's little doubt that the DoD attempted to assassinate Libyan President Qaddafi in 1986 and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003. Not to mention the thousands of extra-judicial murders committed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere based on the flimsiest of rumors about supposed ties to the Taliban, al Qaeda, or the insurgency, or perhaps just because they were getting married.

"It's against the law." Well, yeah, and so is invading sovereign nations for no apparent reason.