Friday, December 02, 2005

Ex-Powell aide, on BBC, mulls Cheney as war criminal

As if the Ramsey Clarks and other assorted oddballs aren't a big enough public diplomacy problem for the United States, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's former chief of staff trashes his own country's leadership on international airwaves.

In an interview on the BBC, Lawrence B. Wilkerson "tiptowed awfully close" to calling Vice President Dick Cheney a war criminal.

Al Kamen of the Washington Post reports today that "Wilkerson, interviewed by BBC radio on Tuesday [November 29], accused Cheney of ignoring a decision by President Bush on the treatment of prisoners held in the 'war on terror.'

"So could Cheney be accused of war crimes?

"'It's an interesting question,' Wilkerson mused. 'Certainly, it's a domestic crime to advocate terror. And I would suspect, for whatever it's worth, it's an international crime as well.'"

Doesn't Wilkerson see how such words, broadcast on a foreign global radio network, add another victory to the enemy's propaganda pile?


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