BY MICHAEL GRAUPMANN,.culturemap.com – What’s going on with America and the rest of the world?
In a story that is suspiciously floating just below the general U.S. media radar, former President George W. Bush and his puppet-master/VP Dick Cheney were unanimously convicted of war crimes by a five panel tribunal in Malaysia on Friday. Neither were in attendance and only a few left-leaning publications have commented upon the hearings.
How is it possible that the unanimous conviction of a former U.S. President as a war criminal does not immediately register as the most important news of the day? Today’s endorsement of Romney by the newly minted war criminal is getting far more traction in the news. (Though, as Politicker notes, the Romney camp has yet to comment on the news.)
To some, the conviction is a long overdue statement on the civil rights abuses that took place during the Bush administration in locations across the globe, including Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and legal advisors Alberto Gonzalez, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were also declared guilty of crafting the so-called “torture memo” that justified the willful torture of detainees in defiance of the Geneva Convention. Read more…