Is Steward willing to call JFK a war criminal for authorizing the Bay of Pigs and his complicity in the murder of Presidents Qassam of Iraq and Diem of South Vietnam? Kennedy and his brother Robert repeatedly sent assassins after Fidel Castro. How do they rank, in Stewart’s mind, next to Bush/Cheney?
What about FDR who responded to a distant attack on a naval base from an enemy an ocean away by putting our entire population of Japanese Americans behinds barbed wire? Over 100,000 US citizens, women, infants, grandparents were locked away. And Roosevelt joined in carpet bombing Germany’s and Japan’s cities. Hundreds of thousands of civilians died under the rubble and in basements that had the air sucked out of them by the fire storms that caused the asphalt in the streets to burn. Curtis LeMay said, if we lose this war we will be tried for war crimes. General Eisenhower put Germany’s armies into stockades and tens of thousands of those POWs died of malnutrition and exposure in the cold winter following the end of the war. How does that compare to the housing, feeding and medicating of the illegal combatants in Guantanamo? How indignant will Stewart wax over that?
The Bush White House responded to an attack that killed more Americans than Pearl Harbor. It was unprecedented. Not since 1812 had war touched the American heartland. Now airliners sent by a nebulous enemy, were crashing into crowded skyscrapers in our cities. Bush/Cheney responded by exposing 100 terrorists to harsh interrogation, and three to waterboarding.