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November 13, 2005


I found this part of Graham's speech telling:

To the human rights activists out there... We are going to make the statements you want us to make about treating people humanely.

If I were to guess, I think this is what Graham's up to - improve the "optics" of the Gitmo situation while making sure there isn't any more accountability than there was before.

Re your #10, since you link to that Lagouranis interview: although it's tangential, I'll note this response to him.

Katherine: "Senator Graham may honestly believe this. It isn't true."

Katherine, Graham has been a JAG lawyer, which has got to have given him some perspective on how these things work. He's a senator, which means he understands how accountability does or does not work. He's seen what Bush, Rumsfield and Congress has been doing and saying for the past four years.

There is no chance whatsoever that Graham believes what he is saying, even before noting that his proposal is exquisitely timed to close the gap that McCain opened.

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