Bush`s War On Terror—Silly But Serious

Now that military officers selected by the Bush
Pentagon have reached a

split verdict convicting Salim Hamdan,
a onetime
driver for Osama bin Laden, of supporting terrorism, but
innocent of terrorist conspiracy, do you feel safe?

Or are we superpower Americans still at risk until we
capture bin Laden`s dentist, barber, and the person who
installed the carpet in his living room?

The Bush Regime with its comic huffings and puffings
is unaware that it has made itself the laughing stock of
the world, a comedy version of the Third Reich.

Hamdan was not defended by the slick lawyers who got
O.J. Simpson off, and he most certainly did not have a
jury of his peers. Hamdan was defended by a Pentagon
appointed US Navy officer, and his jurors were all
Pentagon appointed US military officers with an eye on
their careers. Even in this Kangaroo Court, Hamdan was
cleared of the main charge.

The US Navy officer who was Hamdan`s appointed
attorney is certainly no terrorist sympathizer. Yet even
this United States officer said that the rules Bush
designed for the military tribunals were designed to
achieve convictions. He also said that the judge allowed
evidence that would not have been admitted by any
civilian or military US court. He said that the
interrogations of Hamdan, which comprised the basis of
the Bush Regime`s case, were tainted by coercive
tactics, including sleep deprivation and solitary
confinement. [Split
verdict in first Guantanamo war-crimes trial

AP, August 6, 2008]

Does this make you a proud American?

Do you think you are made more safe when you stand
there while "your" government implements its own
version of Joseph Stalin`s show trials?

The trial and conviction of Hamdan has made every
American very unsafe.

The one certain fact about US law is that it is
expanded until it applies to everyone. Consider RICO,
for example, the asset freeze law that was intended only

criminal cases involving the Mafia
; it wasn`t long
before RICO found its way into

civil divorce proceedings

Bush`s multi-year, multi-billion dollar "War on
has been reduced to railroading a low level
employee, a driver, for "terrorism."

One would hope that the Hamdan verdict would be
enough shame and ridicule for the US in one day. But no,
Bush didn`t stop there. On his way to the Beijing
Olympics, President Bush expressed

"deep concerns"
for the state of human rights in

But not in Guantanamo, nor in Abu Ghraib, nor in the
CIA`s torture dungeons used for "renditions," nor
in Iraq and Afghanistan where the US is expert at
bombing weddings, funerals, children`s soccer games, and
every assortment of civilians imaginable.

As the

good book says,
clean the beam from your own eye
before pointing to the mote in your brother`s eye.

But Americans, the salt of the earth, have neither
beams nor motes. We are the virtuous few, ordained by
God to impose our hegemony on the world. It is written,
or so say the neocons.

What would President Bush say if, heaven forbid, the
Chinese were as rude as he is and asked Mr. Superpower
why the land of "freedom and democracy" has one
million names on a watch list. China with a population
four times as large doesn`t have a watch list with one
million names.

What would President Bush say if China asked him why
the US, with a population one-fourth the size of China`s
has hundreds of thousands more of its citizens in
prison? The percentage of Americans in prison is far
higher than in China and is a larger absolute number.

What would President Bush say if China asked him why
he used lies and deception to justify his invasion of
Iraq. China, unlike Bush, is not responsible for 1.2
million dead Iraqis and 4 million displaced Iraqis.

China`s human rights policy is not perfect. China`s
greatest human rights failing is that China is the Bush
Regime`s prime enabler of its war crimes and human
rights abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan. By financing
Bush`s budget deficit, China is financing Bush`s
gratuitous wars. Indeed, China can be said to finance
the weaponry that the US gives Israel to enable the
suppression of the Palestinians and with which to bomb
the civilian population of Lebanon.

China is a serious human rights abuser, because China
is complicit in Bush`s human rights abuses.

If we are honest about who is actually murdering and
abusing people, it is the US, Israel, and the UK.

There`s your "axis of evil."

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.