Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pentagon Chief Gates Says U.S. Can Attack Whoever, Whenever

Just what the world wanted to hear, a lame duck President extends the situations under which he can conduct preemptive war. The irony is Defense Department Secretary Bob Gates made his remarks to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Gates said:

“Today we also make clear that the United States will hold any state, terrorist group or other nonstate actor or individual fully accountable for supporting or enabling terrorist efforts to obtain or use weapons of mass destruction — whether by facilitating, financing or providing expertise or safe haven for such efforts.”

In other words, President Bush can attack anyone, anywhere, anytime with complete impunity.