I can and probably will have more to say about the level of hatred seen in this presidential campaign — with its blatant appeals to racism and xenophobia — but this is one particularly striking example from the Sacramento County Republicans.
Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to “Waterboard Barack Obama” – material that offended even state GOP leaders.
…Taking credit for the site (sacramentorepublicans.org) and its content was county party chairman Craig MacGlashan – husband of Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan.
The Bee asked MacGlashan about the content after seeking his reaction to hate-filled graffiti that was spray-painted over an Obama display on a fence at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Garfield Avenue.
…But he defended his Web site. “I’m aware of the content,” he said. “Some people find it offensive, others do not. I cannot comment on how people interpret things.”
MacGlashan said he would “consider people’s complaints” before taking any action.
By Tuesday night, much of the questionable material – which ranged from depicting Obama in a turban to attacking Michelle Obama – had been removed, replaced with political cartoons attacking Obama.
It’s something you have to see to believe. Well, maybe not, but here it is anyway.
Honestly, I think the Sacramento County Republicans ought to walk a little bit of their talk, and get themselves waterboarded before they recommend it for someone else. They wouldn’t have to go very far either. The group Iraq Veterans Against the War were offering demonstrations in Los Angeles. I’m sure they give one to the Sacramento County Republicans if asked.
And they’d at least join the ranks of people who actually know what it’s like, before recommending it for someone else.
What? They didn’t do anything to deserve waterboarding? Neither did most of the people we’ve locked up.
Coalition military intelligence officials estimated that 70% to 90% of prisoners detained in Iraq since the war began last year “had been arrested by mistake,” according to a confidential Red Cross report given to the Bush administration earlier this year.
Yet the report described a wide range of prisoner mistreatment — including many new details of abusive techniques — that it said U.S. officials had failed to halt, despite repeated complaints from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
ICRC monitors saw some improvements by early this year, but the continued abuses “went beyond exceptional cases and might be considered as a practice tolerated” by coalition forces, the report concluded.
The Swiss-based ICRC, which made 29 visits to coalition-run prisons and camps between late March and November last year, said it repeatedly presented its reports of mistreatment to prison commanders, U.S. military officials in Iraq and members of the Bush administration in Washington.
That hasn’t bothered us, and I bet it doesn’t bother the Sacramento County Republicans either.
But I bet they don’t step up and walk their talk.