"As we think about the state of our democracy on July 4th and think what it took to achieve not only independence but a rules based system of checks and balances as well as for the first time in human history, as Lafayette reported, a fundamental commitment to "the inalienable rights of man."shrill.
Steven Green, if convicted of this heinous crime, has only adds to the roster of horrors that we have already seen in GITMO, Abu Ghraib, and Haditha. There will be more sadly, but Rumsfeld remarkably still has his Pentagon key card.
So much for feeling proud this weekend. Green, Pace, Rumsfeld, Cheney and others have robbed Americans of any right to feel proud at this moment in our history. We were challenged by terrorists -- and America needed to respond, but we undermined our morals and principles in the way we have gone about occupying and settling old scores in Iraq.
This engagement in Iraq will not be over when bugles, politicians, and pundits say that it is over. There will be "blowback" for years and years ahead.
There will be because if your or my sister was raped and shot in the head, along with a five year old child and parents, we would probably behave exactly the same way.
It is essential to keep the thought of the brutally slain and innocent woman and her family in mind as we celebrate our nation's big birthday tomorrow."
* flashback via Don:
"Al Gore: In our system, there’s no intermediate step between a definitive Supreme Court decision and violent revolution.”
"In a serious blow to Sen. Joseph Lieberman's (D-CT) reelection campaign, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is likely to back the winner of the Democratic primary in Connecticut, meaning that Lieberman may be left without national allies for campaign money."
* rawstory says there will be a call for a hand recount in CA50.