Friday, December 16, 2005

Bush accepts McCain torture amendment

Finally, Bush has realised what horrific damage the torture scandal is doing to the reputation of the US, and is accepting John McCain's Defence Bill amendment banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment by any US personnel anywhere in the world. This is a rather more productive step than neocon frothings over "old Europe":
European anger has been matched by annoyance in the US, reviving prejudices of the old "warriors versus wimps" variety. "Europe," complained a columnist in the conservative Washington Times, "is in the throes of one of those fits of anti-American hysteria that seems to seize the Old Continent with predictable regularity. Any shadow of a rumour, any smidgeon of information that, if true, could reflect badly on the United States, sells newspapers in Europe like hotcakes and tends to warm people's hearts with the thought that at least they are not like Americans."

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