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July 23, 2005

The New Face of the Republican Party


Above you see a whole new brand of Republican: the Club Gitmo Republicans. They proudly sport t-shirts that openly celebrate the abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More here.

The concept of Club Gitmo originated with Mr. Dittocontin himself, Rush Limbaugh. Dittohead Neil Boortz explains, or if you prefer, spews:

The anti-American bedwetters around the world and in the United States Congress have been whining in public for what seems like months about the treatment of the 500 or so Islamic terrorists down at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We’ve heard Amnesty International call it a Gulag and Senator Dick Durbin compare our soldiers to everyone from Adolf Hitler to Pol Pot. So what’s it really like?

Camp Delta, the prison where all of the Islamic killers are held is actually quite nice. When “detainees” (the jihadists) are processed in, they’re issued clothes, toiletries, a prayer rug and a Koran. They get two showers a week (’s better than the once a month showers they’re used to.) They get three culturally sensitive meals per day. Congressman Duncan Hunter pointed out a meal recently on the menu at Club Gitmo: oven-fried chicken, broccoli, peas, mushrooms, rice, pita bread and two types of fruit. Oh, those poor prisoners!

Now, I could point out that Dick Cheney is lobbying against legislation that would make it illegal to, for instance, hide prisoners from the Red Cross, on the grounds that this would diminish the powers of the president. But Keith has all ready pointed this out below. So, I’ll take a slightly different tack.

Theodore Roosevelt in his 1906 SOTU speech had this to say about torture:

No man can take part in the torture of a human being without having his own moral nature permanently lowered.

I wonder if the above guy, who is standing in front of Roosevelt’s bust, knew that?


  1. Nobody was tortured at Gitmo. Prisoners are treated better there than most people and certainly all women who live in most countries in the Middle East. That’s why you see people from there flocking to America, and not many Americans are clamoring to move to Pakistan. Wake up and try to understand that you’re own country is the beacon of light and hope in the world.

    —Al • 11:55 pm

  2. Thanks, Al, for providing an example of the sort of complete lack of morality we expect from Bush supporters nowadays. And we’re honored to be visited by one of the foremost trolls haunting liberal comment sections, even if the “Al” identity is operated by a host of different people.

    Yes, Guantánamo Bay sounds like a vacation paradise, according to an FBI agent:

    On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18–24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold…. On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night.

    You have some strange ideas about the Middle East if you believe that most people there are being held in prison without charge for indefinite periods, much less chained up and wallowing in their own waste.

    But let’s pretend for a moment that what you say is true, that there’s been no torture at Gitmo (perhaps we’re using an extremely restricted definition of “torture” as the administration likes to do). We still have what’s happened (and is still happening) at Abu Ghraib and other facility in Iraq, at Bagram Air Base, at wherever the “ghost” prisoners we’re hiding are, perhaps on prison ships in international waters, and in the torture chambers of Egypt, Syria, and Uzbekistan, to which we sometimes outsource our torture through “extraordinary rendition”. Do you claim there’s no torture in any of those places either? And don’t forget that many of these prisoners are completely innocent people who were turned in by personal enemies (or for rewards) or happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    We do believe that the US is a beacon of light. That’s why we’re doing our best to keep Bush from extinguishing the light. Being the good guys means more than wearing a label. If we’re to remain the good guys, we have to actually act better — much better — than the bad guys we’re fighting.

    Keith10:52 am, July 24

  3. Now for some points not related to Al:

    Club Gitmo Republicans seem to be the next step in devolution from Purple Heart Band-Aid Republicans.

    The shirts actually read “Club G’itmo”, with an apostrophe. Apparently they think it’s a contraction of “Guantanitmo” or something.

    Congratulations, AH, on making the front page of TPMCafe!

    Keith6:31 pm, July 24

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