We are definitely living in some weird kind of Looking Glass Altered State for sure. I used to believe that military brass more or less lived in a reality-based world, as you have to be able to assess real-world imput in order to survive on the battlefield. But maybe I was flat wrong.
Here's what a real live general had to say about the recent suicides at Guantanamo the other day:
"They have no regard for human life, neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation but an act of asymmetric warfare against us" - Navy Rear-Admiral Harry Harris, base commander
With generals making asinine statements like this, the whole planet must think we have lost our fucking minds.
Read the rest of the story.
And in case you were wondering, the White House has posted their policy on Guantanamo detainees:
- Fact Sheet
Status of Detainees at Guantanamo United States Policy.
The United States is treating and will continue to treat all of the individuals detained at Guantanamo humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in a manner consistent with the principles of the Third Geneva Convention of 1949.
The President has determined that the Geneva Convention applies to the Taliban detainees, but not to the al-Qaida detainees.
Al-Qaida is not a state party to the Geneva Convention; it is a foreign terrorist group. As such, its members are not entitled to POW status.
Although we never recognized the Taliban as the legitimate Afghan government, Afghanistan is a party to the Convention, and the President has determined that the Taliban are covered by the Convention. Under the terms of the Geneva Convention, however, the Taliban detainees do not qualify as POWs.
Therefore, neither the Taliban nor al-Qaida detainees are entitled to POW status.
Even though the detainees are not entitled to POW privileges, they will be provided many POW privileges as a matter of policy.
Note well that phrase, "The President has determined ..." as if he were Da Judge. Yet, even the Attorney General of Great Britain, our "ally" in the GWOT, has called for the closing of Guantanamo.
Dear Lord, what is it going to take for the monsters running this country to stop this crap?