Sometimes I read the newspaper and I wonder if someone in the Bush administration is a Terry McAulife plant doing the Democrat’s bidding:
When 21 freed American P.O.W.’s returned home from the Persian Gulf war in March 1991, Dick Cheney, then secretary of defense, welcomed them at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
“Every man and woman who cares for freedom,” Mr. Cheney said, “owes you a very special measure of gratitude.”
Of those 21 former prisoners of war, 17, who had been tortured by their Iraqi captors, would like something more tangible. This month they won a court award of almost $1 billion against Iraq, and a federal law says they may be paid from frozen Iraqi funds.
The Bush administration has expressed sympathy for the plaintiffs over what they endured but is fighting them about the money, saying it is urgently needed to rebuild Iraq.
But Richard W. Roberts, a federal district judge in Washington, has ordered the government to keep enough Iraqi money in the United States to satisfy $653 million of the award, the amount of the compensatory but not the punitive damages he ordered paid to the former prisoners.
I think this has to do as much with other lawsuits about other wars and other POWs, like the ones suing Japan. While it appears very ungratious, I have to wonder if there is a can of worms somewhere.
And what about enemy POWs suing the USA for our treatment of them? It just seems like there’s more to it all.