The release of documents by Wikileaks has caused some embarrassing moments for American diplomats, and there are calls for the arrest of Julian Assange for treason and many on the right claim he is a traitor. One could excuse the harsh rhetoric from the right if they had expressed the same outrage during the Bush era for the lies and deception used as a reason to invade Iraq and wage war on innocent Iraqis.
Sarah Palin, the quitter half-ex-governor of Alaska claimed she could have stopped Assange from publishing the leaked documents in court although she refers to a court case that is not remotely similar to the Wikileaks matter. Palin also declares that the CIA should hunt Assange down like Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda, because according to Palin, ‘He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.” Palin suggested that the CIA should consider killing Assange as an enemy combatant even though he is a journalist. In Palin’s infinite wisdom as master of all journalistic endeavors, she claims with utmost false authority that, “Assange is not a ‘journalist,’ any more than the ‘editor’ of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a journalist.”
Palin goes on to attack the White House for not pursuing Assange and chides President Obama’s administration as being ineffective for not putting out the effort to stop the treasonous Assange and claimed that, “the administration’s inability to hunt down Assange showed a lack of effort.” Apparently, Palin’s gravitas as the authority on journalism misses the 1st Amendment’s freedom of the press meaning as well as the meaning of traitor and treason. Assange is Australian, and did nothing treasonous to Australia, and he certainly cannot be a traitor to the United States because he is not American. As usual, Palin distinguishes herself as a fool and continues to believe that just because she believes or declares something, it is a fact.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and current false-Christian preacher said that Assange should be executed for treason for harming American relationship and foreign policy. The follower of Christ and preacher went farther and claimed that execution would be too kind for Assange. Huckabee must have missed Jesus Christ’s message of peace and admonition to forgive offenders and reject violence.
It is not so surprising that Palin and Huckabee espouse anti-Christian actions or ignorance of the definition of treason. It is somewhat curious that they forget that real traitors in the Bush Administration were given a pass when they exposed an active undercover CIA operative as punishment for a report that said Bush’s evidence for war with Iraq was false.
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their cast of traitors deliberately ‘outed’ Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA operative whose identity was classified and her operational status was covert. Now if there ever was a case for treason, the Plame affair qualifies easily, and any American official who had information of covert actions and disseminated it to the public is clearly a traitor. When the Bush administration exposed Plame as an operative working to protect national security, they committed treason pure and simple.
During the past 2 years, conservatives have demonstrated that they work under authority of hypocrisy as a matter of course. Republicans fought against the stimulus that the Obama Administration provided and claimed it produced no jobs, but they were the first ones to lobby for stimulus funds and claimed it would create jobs in their home districts. When the money was granted, they took credit and posed with the big Publisher’s Clearinghouse checks as if they advocated for the stimulus from the start. It is worse that after they received stimulus funding that created jobs, they continued to claim the stimulus did not work and created no jobs. They can’t get much more hypocritical.
To demand execution for an Australian citizen for being a traitor against America is ridiculous in itself, and it boggles the mind until the source is considered. Palin or Huckabee never called for the execution of Bush, Cheney, or their cohorts because they were Republicans drooling to go to war. It didn’t matter that to sell the war the Bush administration committed treason by endangering an American spy, or that they lied to the American people causing the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens.
If an American commits treason or is a traitor, there are laws to deal with them. The law makes no distinction between a public servant and private citizen, and it is clear that exposing a covert operative’s (spy’s) identity by a president and vice-president is treason. Bush and Cheney were traitors, but Republicans never called for their execution. But when a foreign national releases documents that embarrasses diplomats, conservatives like Palin and Huckabee call for their execution displaying the characteristic hypocrisy of the Republican Party.
Julian Assange may have released embarrassing documents about diplomats, but he is not a traitor. If Assange can be prosecuted for releasing the documents, it will not be for treason, and he will not be executed like Palin and Huckabee propose. It is the epitome of hypocrisy for Palin and Huckabee to call for an Australian’s execution when they condoned Bush and Cheney’s truly treasonous acts. Hypocrisy is a Republican hallmark, and besides being liars, cheaters and fake Christians, Palin and Huckabee epitomize the Republican Party’s double-standard, and there is no sign they will relinquish their title of Supreme Hypocrites anytime soon. At least their hypocrisy is consistent, albeit shameful.
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