Okay, I’ve shut up for over 24 hours about Dubya’s exploiting our soldiers yet again for his own personal political gain. But this is enough to turn your stomach.
Maybe you saw this the other night on Sixty Minutes, but just in case you missed it, here’s the scoop:
Last July, a federal district court awarded almost a billion dollars to several POWs who had been hideously abused in Bush the First’s adventure in imperialism. A 1996 US law had given torture victims the right to sue a terrorist government.
When they first filed their lawsuit, there was $1.7 billion in frozen Iraqi assets from which the judgment could have been paid.
Unfortunately, when Iraq II was launched last winter, these assets were frozen by the Bush administration, leaving the POWs out in the cold.
The assets supposedly are needed for the “reconstruction” of Iraq, i.e., for the awarding of sole source contracts to Halliburton, Bechtel and other Friends of George.
And where do the 9 Democratic candidates stand on this matter? Only deafening silence from the bedraggled gang of nine.