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Johann Hari writes: So what will be left of the Republican Party after next week's US election? The answer lies in the sands of Florida, where the sunshine-state Republicans have nominated an unrepentant torturer as their candidate for Congress. They view his readiness to torture an innocent Iraqi not as a source of shame, but as his prime qualification for office. This is American conservatism in the dying days of Bush – and it points out the direction that Sarah Palin would like to take it in 2012.


In August 2003, Colonel Allen West – commanding a US unit in Baghdad – heard a rumour that one of the Iraqi policeman he was working with was a secret insurgent. He ordered his officers to go and seize Yehiya Hamoodi, a thin, bespectacled 31-year-old, from his home. They dragged him into a Humvee, beat him, and then handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded him. In a dank interrogation room, they told him he had better start talking.... Read more.

Question: Is this well enough known in the US and is this the direction of travel for the Republican Party? And, if so, what is its future?


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janet_prime wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
Non-americans have to remember that the US is the size of all of Europe, from the arctic to the Med, and the Urals to the Atlantic. Nobody can or wants to keep track of 49 complex state elections. And Florida's culture/tradition is different from everyone else's.

Personally, the thought makes me ill. But there is literally nothing I can do about it, being 1,400 miles away in Illinois. And no, it didn't make the news here -- we are close neighbors with 8 states, and these use up our capacity of keeping track of others.
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