Wednesday, May 9, 2007

More Good Stuff on the Talking Dog

In case you missed it, last month the Talking Dog landed an interview with Donald Rumsfeld.

A selection:

The Talking Dog: Secretary Rumsfeld, I can't thank you enough for agreeing to this interview. May I say how open-minded it is for you to speak with me, given how critical of you I have been, particularly of detention policies you administered and authorized that I believe verge on, if not outright constitute, war crimes. Do you have a comment on that?

Donald Rumsfeld: Stuff happens. It's untidy, and freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.The

Talking Dog On the subject of detention policy, can you comment on the recent confession at Guantanamo by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and the recent guilty plea there by Australian national David Hicks, who received a 9-month sentence after we held him for over 5 years?

Donald Rumsfeld: You go to asymmetrical war with the rack and thumbscrews that you have, not with the rack and thumbscrews that you might want or wish to have at a later time. READ MORE
Is it satire? These days it's hard to tell.

Hicks Heads for the Land Down Under...

David Hicks is scheduled to fly to Australia, perhaps as early as next week, to serve his perfunctory nine-month jail sentence.

Hicks' attorneys did a good job with their client's plea bargain. However, that David Hicks must spend any more time in prison after years of isolation, abuse and denial of due process is an outrage.

Part of the Hick's agreement stipulates that he will not speak to the media for the period of one year. The Australian federal elections are in January, very convenient for PM John Howard, Bush's pal in the southern hemisphere.

- Adrian Bleifuss Prados