In the August 14th issue of The Nation Jonathan Schell argues that "America should give up its dreams of imperial grandeur and start...something new."
Read the full article here.
Schell also recites W's greatest hits which just went 10x certified platinum, joining the ranks of Shania Twain. Why so pessimistic Schell???
- He said that Saddam Hussein's regime had given help to Al Qaeda, but it had not.- He therefore took the nation to war on the basis of falsehoods.
- His Administration says that the torture at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere has been the work of a few bad apples in the military, whereas in fact abuses were sanctioned at the highest levels of the executive branch in secret memos.
- His Administration lambastes leakers, but its own officials illegally leaked the name of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in order to politically discredit her husband.
- He flatly stated to the public that all wiretaps of Americans were ordered pursuant to court warrants, whereas in fact he was authorizing and repeatedly reauthorizing warrantless wiretaps.
- These wiretaps violated a specific law of Congress forbidding them.
- His Administration has asserted a right to imprison Americans as well as foreigners indefinitely without the habeas corpus hearings required by law.
- Wars of aggression, torture, domestic spying and arbitrary arrest are the hallmarks of dictatorship, yet Congress, run by the President's party, has refused to conduct full investigations into either the false WMD claims, or the abuses and torture, or the warrantless wiretaps, or the imprisonment without habeas corpus.
- When Congress passed a bill forbidding torture and the President signed it, he added a "signing statement" implying a right to disregard its provisions when they conflicted with his interpretation of his powers.