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Thursday, May 06, 2004

No, we won't condemn prison abuse 

Fifty members of the House of Representatives voted against a resolution

Deploring the abuse of persons in United States custody in Iraq, regardless of the circumstances of their detention, urging the Secretary of the Army to bring to swift justice any member of the Armed Forces who has violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice, expressing the deep appreciation of the Nation to the courageous and honorable members of the Armed Forces who have selflessly served, or are currently serving, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and for other purposes.
The fifty are:

Abercrombie, Blumenauer, Brown (OH), Clyburn, Conyers, Cummings, Fattah, Frank (MA), Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hastings (FL), Hinchey, Hoyer, Inslee, Jackson-Lee (TX), Jones (OH), Kaptur, Kilpatrick, Kucinich, Lee, Lewis (GA), Markey, McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, Meek (FL), Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Mollohan, Oberstar, Olver, Owens, Pallone, Paul, Payne, Pelosi, Rangel, Ryan (OH), Sabo, Schakowsky, Serrano, Stark, Strickland, Towns, Velázquez, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Woolsey.

Can someone explain to me why these 49 Democrats and one Independent voted against this resolution? What big political point were they trying to make? Because it just strikes me as disgusting. The lack of unanimity can only be a sign to the Arab world that their worst fears are true, and it will hurt the war effort.

Maybe that's the point.
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