Monday, November 10, 2003

Of Course

One of Dubya's hobbies is visiting the troops, yelling "hoo-ah," and trying to act like Patton or R. Lee Ermey. In real life, Dubya rapes our troops every day, and here's a new example:

The Bush administration is seeking to block a group of American troops who were tortured in Iraqi prisons during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 from collecting any of the hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen Iraqi assets they won last summer in a federal court ruling against the government of Saddam Hussein.

In a court challenge that the administration is winning so far but is not eager to publicize, administration lawyers have argued that Iraqi assets frozen in bank accounts in the United States are needed for Iraqi reconstruction and that the judgment won by the 17 former U.S. prisoners should be overturned in its entirety.

If the administration is successful, the former prisoners would be deprived both of the money they won and, they say, of the validation of a judge's ruling that documented their accounts of torture by the Iraqis.

"I don't want to say that I feel betrayed, because I still believe in my country," said Lt. Col. Dale Storr, whose Air Force A-10 fighter jet was shot down by Iraqi fire in February 1991.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "No amount of money can truly compensate these brave men and women for the suffering that they went through." But, he said, "it was determined earlier this year by Congress and the administration that those assets were no longer assets of Iraq, but they were resources required for the urgent national security needs of rebuilding Iraq."

Now for a translation: we don't want to give this money to ex-POWs, we want to give this money to Bechtel and Halliburton.

OK, vets, remember this when the election rolls around.

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