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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:55 PM
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U.S. presidents are above the law
Edited on Sat May-02-09 06:17 PM by DutchLiberal
Richard Nixon has said so himself: if the president does something, it's never illegal. Never was a U.S. president prosecuted for crimes we normally prosecute other people. Truman could commit genocide against the Japanese without anyone batting an eye. Eisenhower could overthrow a democratically elected government and install a dictator in Iran without anyone even questioning it. It was too late to prosecute Kennedy about the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Johnson got away with lying a country into war (sounds familiar?) in Vietnam. Nixon had to resign over Watergate, but was pardoned, let alone prosecuted over the bloodshed he ordered in Chile, Laos and Cambodia. Reagan's atrocities in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Grenada and Iran-Contra got him the status of one of the most popular presidents. Clinton ran an 'extraordinary rendition' program for which he was never punished and neither for his weekly bombings of Iraq, which took an estimated 500,000 lives. And then George W. Bush... well, do I really have to list all his crimes once again?
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:08 PM
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1. And given Congress' failure to do its job as overseer for We the People, such crimes can occur again
and go unpunished.
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:10 PM
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2. Truman was in his legal right to drop the bomb
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It was a declared war. Whether it was ethical or moral is open for debate.

The fire bombing of Germany was more genocidal than the dropping of the Atomic Weapon on Japan ever was.

Had we somehow dropped the bomb and been invaded by Japan, Truman may have been put on trial for dropping the bomb, however my guess is he would have been quietly executed somewhere :shrug:
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:19 PM
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3. I don't think genocide is a legal right. And genocide it was.
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:30 PM
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4. War is hell
I prefer we not get involved into any of them. That was the last "legal" war this country has been involved in.

If the atomic bomb was genocide so was every bombing raid we did during that war.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:30 PM
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5. And #43 will continue to be too
unless our elected officials do something about it.

Investigate. Prosecute. Trial. Jail.
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