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May 7, 2009

BOLTON NEVER EXPECTED THE SPANISH INQUISITION.... Spanish Magistrate Baltasar Garzon continues to look into possible charges against the "Bush Six" -- Alberto Gonzales, Jay Bybee, John Yoo, William J. Haynes II, David Addington, and Doug Feith -- for their role in the torture of five Spanish citizens held at Guantanamo Bay.

John Bolton, Bush's former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and one of the nation's least credible but most recognized neocons, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post urging President Obama to intervene to protect the former Bush administration officials.

That wouldn't be especially noteworthy, were it not for Bolton's choice of words. (thanks to reader M.J. for the tip)

Behind-the-scenes diplomacy is often the best, and sometimes the only, way to accomplish important policy objectives, and one hopes that such efforts [from Obama administration officials] are underway. But in this case, firm and public statements are necessary to stop the pending Spanish inquisition and to dissuade others from proceeding.

Does Bolton really want to throw around, "Spanish inquisition" in this context? It seems pretty ironic since the actual Spanish Inquisition was when waterboarding was put to extensive use -- the very torture technique that's proven to be so problematic for the Bush Six.

Bolton added, "I believe strongly that criminalizing policy disagreements is both inappropriate and destructive." But as should be obvious by now, we're not talking about criminalizing "policy disagreements"; we're talking about criminalizing crime.

The real Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century and the Bush administration in the 21st century embraced the same torture technique. This problem goes well beyond a "policy disagreement."

Steve Benen 10:45 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (26)

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The Inquisition was used to purge Spain of non-Christians. It was probably a word commonly thrown around in the Bush administration.

Posted by: Danp on May 7, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

"I believe strongly that criminalizing policy disagreements is both inappropriate and destructive."

Are these not the same people who wanted to essentially criminalize a blow job?

Posted by: Liam J on May 7, 2009 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Posted by: Mike on May 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

John Bolton might be qualified for a job in the Department of Silly Walks. As janitor.

Posted by: Ken D. on May 7, 2009 at 11:06 AM | PERMALINK

Our two chief weapons are fear, ignorance and greed...Our THREE weapons are fear, ignorance, greed, Fox News...oh damn, our FOUR chief weapons are...

Wait, I'll go out and come back in again.


Posted by: Speed on May 7, 2009 at 11:06 AM | PERMALINK

The Spanish Inquisitions did more than just purge the country of non-Christians - During the first Inquisition, many Jews converted to Catholicism to save themselves and their families - During the lull between the Inquisitions, many gained wealth and power. This made them targets during the 2nd Inquisition. Lots of wealth changed hands. Similar to the Nazis seizing great works of art, real property and wealth from Jews in German held lands.

But, I thought BillO had stopped the Spanish prosecutor? O'Arrogantone said he did and put a decal on his fighter, along with the "I brought the French to their knees" decal. Yes, BillO is simply an unlovable "Walter Mitty", going "pockata, pockata, pockata".

Posted by: berttheclock on May 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!
What comment would be on this would be complete without the Monty Python Version

Link to script for those of you without at work (like me) YouTube

http://people.csail.mit.edu/paulfitz/spanish/script.html

Posted by: John R on May 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

teh stoopid -- it quite takes my breath away.

Posted by: karen marie on May 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

Bolton and Co. are really scared right now. They know what the Bushits did was criminal and the Spanish will elaborate at length just how crminal they were in all matters of their torturous deeds. That Spanish Magistrate Garzon is willing to do what Obama should be doing is nauseating. Obama is in collusion with Bush if he does not prosecutethe latter for these war crimes. For Christ's sake, we aren't even getting to the senseless slaughter of the Iraqi innocents during the opening act (now known as "Shock and Awe") of Bushits preeemptive and illeagal war.

We should be throughly ashamed of ourselves for that one...

Posted by: stevio on May 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

The Inquistion! What a show!
The Inquistion! Here we go!
We know you're wishing
That we'd go away!

Posted by: MissMudd on May 7, 2009 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

Does anybody know just how, exactly, a prosecution by Spanish authorities would work?

Posted by: theAmericanist on May 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

"John Bolton, Bush's former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and one of the nation's least credible but most recognized neocons, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post urging President Obama to intervene to protect the former Bush administration officials.

That wouldn't be especially noteworthy..."

If the Washington Post was some backwater right-wing newspaper, it wouldn't be especially noteworthy. But given their role in our political universe, it's pretty damned noteworthy that they gave space to "one of the nation's least credible neocons."

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on May 7, 2009 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

So, its time to bring out... THE COMFY CHAIR!

Posted by: do on May 7, 2009 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

Here's another case of a widely despised and discredited idiot, proven wrong time and time again over the last eight years, pontificating upon what actions should be taken by the President.

Anyone else bet that his advice would be to pardon Bush and Co. then get right to the business of bombing Iran?

Posted by: Capt Kirk on May 7, 2009 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

America will clearly have to declare war on Spain to defend human rights.

Posted by: Ross Best on May 7, 2009 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

"Behind-the-scenes diplomacy is often the best[?]" Huh?? When did ersatz general Bolton abandon his unified field theory to the problems of life? War, that is.

The idea that Mr. "I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy," [but thought it was okay for others to serve and risk maiming or death] is suddenly wedded to diplomacy, especially of the back-door sort is, well shocking.

So typical of the neocon, non-serving, combat-avoiding, psuedo-macho manginas.

Posted by: tec619 on May 7, 2009 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

The real Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century and the Bush administration in the 21st century embraced the same torture technique. This problem goes well beyond a "policy disagreement."

Well said.

Posted by: Mick on May 7, 2009 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

Oh God, are we gonna have to start referring to Spanish rice as freedom rice now? Oh wait, that's a Bush trick.....

Posted by: oh my on May 7, 2009 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

oh my, @ 13:14

I don't care about the Spanish rice but the fate of the Spanish *peanuts* does worry me a lot. Will Bolton push for wrenching their little red coats off? For grinding them into oozy paste?

Posted by: exlibra on May 7, 2009 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

Bolton added, "I believe strongly that criminalizing policy disagreements is both inappropriate and destructive." But as should be obvious by now, we're not talking about criminalizing "policy disagreements"; we're talking about criminalizing crime.

Well said, Steve! I can always count on you for uncommon common sense.

And congrats on being on the Rachel Maddow Show the other night. It was great to see you!

Posted by: Margy on May 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM | PERMALINK

Do the wingnuts really want to give Obama the right to torture? That will be a consequence of not prosecuting the neo-con offenders.

Posted by: AJ Oliver on May 7, 2009 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, sure, NOW he's against the Spanish inquisition. Great.

Posted by: biggerbox on May 7, 2009 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

maybe spain feels out of practice...if they want to regain their lost touch, i'd suggest they pratice by waterboarding bolton....

Posted by: dj spellchecka on May 7, 2009 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

Bolton's fears are not exaggerated. Bybee, Yoo and Cheney could get the comfy chair.

Posted by: cardinal biggles on May 7, 2009 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

John Bolton has all the credibility of a Stalin-era Soviet press release.

The gabble about "politicizing policy differences" is looking weaker and weaker...as Benen put it today in another context, if Bolton is just lying to squirm out of accountability, then he's a slime-ball. If he really believes that phrase as a defense, then he is a profound idiot. Either way, not someone anyone should take seriously.

Posted by: LL on May 7, 2009 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Hang 'em high!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/07/what-nan-knew/

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew from September 2, 2002 that enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, were being used on jihadi detainees.

Posted by: Luther on May 7, 2009 at 11:24 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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