Archive for the ‘approval’ Category

Bush in Africa: Warm Reception

February 16, 2008

USAToday Commentary 

When TV pictures show President Bush‘s Africa trip — a five-nation tour scheduled to begin today — many Americans might be surprised. His welcome is likely to be warm, and genuine.
Though Bush is unpopular at home and in much of the world, in large part because of the Iraq war and perceived superpower bullying, Africa is mostly an exception.

The Pew Global Attitudes Project shows African countries dominating the list of those with high approval

for the USA, including Ivory Coast (88% approval), Kenya (87%) and Ghana (80%). Compare that with Turkey (9%), Argentina (16%) and Germany (30%).

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Justice Dept. ‘Cannot’ Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says

February 8, 2008

By Dan Eggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 8, 2008; Page A04

The attorney general yesterday rejected growing congressional calls for a criminal investigation of the CIA‘s use of simulated drownings to extract information from its detainees, as Vice President Cheney called it a “good thing” that the CIA was able to learn what it did from those subjected to the practice.

The remarks reflected a renewed effort by the Bush administration to defend its past approval of the interrogation tactic known as waterboarding, which some lawmakers, human rights experts and international lawyers have described as illegal torture.

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said Justice Department lawyers concluded that the CIA’s use of waterboarding in 2002 and 2003 was legal, and therefore the department cannot investigate whether a crime had occurred.