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Bush Lied To US Military About Guantanamo Prisons!

General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005 was misled by Bush officials into believing interrogation techniques employed in the Guanatanamo prisons were based on Army field manuals. In his new book, “Torture Team,” Philippe Sands, professor at University Collge in London, reveals senior Bush administration leaders pushed through previously outlawed measures with the aid of inexperienced military officials at Guantanamo. Myers believed he was the victim of “intrigue” by top lawyers at the Department of Justice, the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Deaprtment.

The lawyers who pushed through procedures that went against the Army Manual were Alberto Gonzales, David Addington and Williams Haynes. Also involved were Doug Feith, Rumsfeld’s under-secretary for policy and two assistant attorney generals, Jay Bybee and John Yoo. Bush insisted all along violations of Army procedures were the result of action on the part of junior officers.

According to Sans, as Myers “worked through the list of techniques(he) became increasingly hesitant and troubled. Haynes and Rumsfeld had been able to run rings around him.” Myers was cut out of the decision making process even though he headed the armed forces. Myers said: “We never authorized torture, we just didn’t, not what we would do.” Larry Wilkeerson, a former army officer and chief of staff to Colin Powell at the State Department, said: “I do know that Rumsfeld had neutralised the chairman(Myers) in m any significant ways.” He did it by not inviting him to meetings or letting him know about important communications.

Senate Republicans were ready to impeach President Clinton over sexual behavior, will they be prepared to initiate criminal procedures against Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush?

Attacking Iran– Last Option, Says Armed Forces Head

As rumors continue circulating around Washington D.C. about a secret Dick Cheney plan to attack Iran, Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. officials should consider the damage that could result from initiating a new war in the Middle East. H also added that military options could not be taken off the table. He specifically noted it was ‘a last option.” Mullen believes the focus now should be on “bringing together the international community that is constructive, not destructive.” he also commented on a lesson he had learned from fighting in Iraq– there is need to have agencies like USAID receive funding that is larger.

The choice of words by Admiral Mullen is instructive. He uses expressions like “last option” and urges “bringing together the international community” in dealing with Iran. Ironically, the Bush administration is following the opposite path of ignoring the international community and considering air strikes as a first option. One can only hypothesize from his words there is not overwhelming support among American military leaders about attacking Iran. They understand such action would place unbearable strains on existing forces and raise renewed demands for a drafty system. Hopefully, unlike in Iraq when Bush and Rumsfeld ignored the advice of General Shinseki who wanted more troops in Iraq, this time Bush will listen carefully to the advice of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

John McCain: More Troops, Stay The Course

In an interview with the Army Times, Senator John McCain said, if elected president, he would expand the size of the Army and Marine Corps. “One of the major failures of the Rumsfeld era is that we didn’t expand the Army and Marine Corps.” He appeared to attribute problem in ending violence in Iraq due to lack of sufficient troops on the ground. The senator discussed strains imposed on members of the military and their families by shortened deployment after serving in Iraq. McCain believes increasing the size of our military “is something we should have done long ago. We are going to be in Afghanistan a long time, and I don’t know what other conflict might break out.” During the interview, McCain at one point indicated his belief troops could have longer deployment time in America, but also said, “i would do whatever is necessary to succeed,” even if it required shorter deployment time at home.

Senator McCain’s comments reflect his duality of feeling. On one hand, he blames the “Rumsfeld era” for military problems, but, on the other hand, refuses to cast blame on George Bush who supposedly was in charge of our government and supported Rumsfeld’s actions. McCain has certainly been an advocate of more troops in Iraq, but his failure to focus on political issues, indicates he still believes Iraq is a military rather than a political problem. There is little evidence, Senator McCain has a grasp of Middle East complexities other than thinking sending more troops will solve all problems. One is left wondering after reading his interview what are the “other conflicts” he anticipates will emerge that require sending American forces.