Bush Iraq commander says US violated Geneva Conventions
For years, progressives, liberals and Democrats have been called "traitors," "unpatriotic" and "terrorist sympathizers" for stating that the U.S. violated the Geneva Conventions.
The latest voice to join them is General David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq, under President George W. Bush.
Will General Petraeus be thrown under the bus by the same "respectable" folks (such as Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney) who tossed General Colin Powell under last week?
The head of the US Central Command, General David Petraeus, said Friday that the US had violated the Geneva Conventions in a stunning admission from President Bush’s onetime top general in Iraq that the US may have violated international law.
“When we have taken steps that have violated the Geneva Conventions we rightly have been criticized, so as we move forward I think it’s important to again live our values, to live the agreements that we have made in the international justice arena and to practice those,” Gen. Petraeus said on Fox News Friday afternoon.
Petraeus made the comment in the context of being asked about the Bush administration’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The now-Central Command chief said he believed that banning the more extreme techniques had taken away “a tool” employed by “our enemies” as a moral argument against the United States.