Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

It’s Fourth of July and a perfect day to be confused.

On the one hand, I started the day by listening to the song “Independence Day” by Bruce Springsteen (YouTube here) and ended up thinking of the Fourth of July in 2002, when I sat on The Mall in Washington DC and discussed the values of the Declaration of Independence versus terrorism with some friends. As y’all know, I admire the US of A in many ways and if you understand Swedish, you have to listen to this hilarious radio-program about two guys driving through the US in their early twenties (Filip Hammar & Fredrik Wikingsson som sommarpratare, lyssna här, hur kul som helst).

On the other hand, we have had an administration (George W. Bush et al) for six and a half years; an administration that has disrespected the values of the Declaration of Independence, notably through the ”war on terror”, the infamous war in Iraq, but also nitty gritty dirty GOP-politics, like the recent pardoning of the felon Lewis ”Scooter” Libby. For a summary of how Bush betrayed what I think America stands for, watch this YouTube-clip: ”Abba explains the War”. [Thanks, Lane]

In short, a big hurray for what the US of A ought to stand for, including HBO, Sopranos, The West Wing, Springsteen, Clinton, Al Gore, JFK, RFK and MLK, Ani DiFranco etc etc. And a major ”nay” to US imperialism and the current administration; remember to always stay out of the Bushes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Technically, Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, which is not the same as a pardon. The guilty verdict still stands and the other forms of punishment remain, such as a $250,000.00 fine and the loss of his right to practice law, but his jail time of 30 months was ended.

Bush could, of course, pardon him later, but that is a separate act.

Just to clarify!


9/7/07 10:55  
Blogger Graham Ó Maonaigh said...

What I don't understand is how Bush could let someone go free who indangers the lives of US Military and Intelligence personale. Libby put the US Intelligence operatives lives in danger and this surely defiles the sacred banner of the "War on Terror"... US service men and women should remember that in 2008.


9/7/07 12:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 Years after the fact, Libby was convicted of lying, but was never connected with releasing the confidential information, that was Richard Armitage who was found to be the source early on. It's not a small fact to point that out.

15/8/11 19:04  

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