Diadem wrote:Honestly I think it's time to bring international charges against Bush and other senior members of his administration or the CIA.
Charge them with what, exactly? We now have an official report - compiled by opponents of the Bush administration - that show that the White House was kept in the dark about what was happening. You aren't questioning the official report, are you?
Because if the president knew, despite the official report saying otherwise, then that means that other people may have known... for example, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence might have known what was happening, and said or did nothing to stop it. You know, the people who wrote the official report...
That won't put them in jail, since the US is too corrupt to ever arrest them.
For what? What actual crimes can they be proven to have committed?
You are missing the most important part of being a successful politician: the covering of ones own ass. It trumps any and all differences on policy.
There are a lot of people who, for example, make the argument that killing and maiming innocent civilians via drone strikes, especially in places where we aren't technically at war, is a war crime. Do you really think that the current administration wants a precedent set where a former president or his team members are arrested and tried for war crimes after the fact? Because, I can assure you, if Bush were to go to jail for his role in torture, there would be a whole lot of people asking "Hey, if water-boarding and sleep deprivation and pasta-sauce enemas were enough to send Bush to jail... what do we do with the guy who was in charge when all these women and children were killed?"
But it would at least stop them from traveling abroad. And if they have any foreign assets we could liquidate them.
Again, you have to ask yourself... do folks like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and the like really want to see leaders of major world powers subjected to arrest, prosecution, and actual punishment for stuff they've done while in office?
For heaven sake, they can't even get anything meaningful to stick on guys like Kim Jong-un even with all the death camps and whatnot.