Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hypocrisy, your name is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Kudos to Ana Menendez, for digging up wonderful old quotes from Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, our congresswoman from Florida’s District 18. Then she was denouncing torture. Now she’s for it, along with her Republican colleagues in the U.S. House, Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21) and Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25),

The situation then was the Vietnam War, and American captives were tortured by, among others, agents of Castro’s Cuba. Easy to denounce that. But what of torture by American agents? They vote for that, repeatedly – endorsing inhuman treatment in pursuit of dubious goals.

From Menendez’ column in the Sunday Miami Herald:

What a shame. Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balarts, who are themselves witness to the atrocities committed in the name of ‘national security,’ would have been especially powerful allies in the fight against the erosion of rights in this country.

Instead of offering leadership, they have taken the side of a president who has squandered his and this country’s moral capital.

Indeed, yes, “instead of offering leadership.” That’s what the election is about this year. Leadership is on offer from the challenges mounted by Annette Taddeo in FL-18, Raul Garcia in FL-21 and Joe Garcia in FL-25.

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