Monday, September 18, 2006

Compromise called possible on interrogations

The maneuvering between White House and the Republican-dominated Congress has been fascinating. Today it looks like a breakthrough might be in sight, says the New York Times (registration required). In the same edition, Times columnist Paul Krugman asks and answers the question of why the Bush administration is so determined to validate torture in questioning terrorism suspects, when it would so clearly erode not only our standing in the world but also the protection given our soldiers under the Geneva Conventions. Krugman's answer:
The central drive of the Bush administration -- more fundamental than any particular policy -- has been the effort to eliminate all limits on the president's power.

Here's AP's slightly fresher take on the story, from this morning. Not clear on details of the Conventions? Here's a handy Reference Guide.

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