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Amnesty International (Part II)

Democracyarsenal comments on the Bush statements regarding the Amnesty International report:

"Thinkprogress has pointed out that when the Administration was making its case against Saddam Hussein, it repeatedly cited Amnesty reports on the Iraqi regime's human rights abuses.

The President's latest comments (and similar remarks made Sunday by Cheney on Larry King - the word "absurd" clearly featured prominently in the talking points) are yet more evidence of the White House's refusal to come to grips with the abuses in detention revealed in recent weeks. It would be one thing if Bush lashed out against Amnesty but acknowledged the troubling revelations at Guantanamo and Bagram. But he lashed out at Amnesty and left it at that.

Bush's swept those findings to one side countering that the U.S. is a purveyor of freedom, as if this should trump everything else. Though her husband claims not to, Laura Bush seems to get the contradicition.

During a recent trip to Egypt she told NBC: "We are an example . . . And that's why the photographs that have come out are so particularly damaging, because we are held to a higher standard than other countries because of our own history of democracy."
This is part of why when it comes to America's image in the Arab world, when it comes to America's image our role in helping advance democracy is at risk of being overshadowed by the prisoner scandals. See here for a more thorough analysis of why.

One of the challenges faced by the progressive movement is making clear that both morally, practically, and politically indifference and denial won't cut it in response to the abuses in detention. The moral case is clear. The practical impact on our foreign policy is demonstrable, though the Administration is nowhere close to acknowledging that link.

The political piece may be the hardest. "
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