Is this hypocrisy, or am I just crazy?

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    Yes, I know they are not mutually exclusive, but this is actually mind boggling.

    Does anyone remember the call to have the general who authorized the use of torture and dogs in interrogation at Abu Ghraib held responsible for his actions?




    BBC NEWS | Americas | US memo shows Iraq jail methods

    It seems that this guy is now the new favorite of every progressive Democrat in the country. They are urging him to run for Senator in Texas.

    Ex-Iraq commander may throw hat in Texas Senate race - Politics Wires - MiamiHerald.com

    Is this their idea of holding someone responsible for his actions?
     
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    What’s to be expected? Many on the left embraced Kennedy after he left a woman to drown...So what if this guy authorized torture. It will be blamed all on Bush and Sanchez's actions will be forgotten in the din of cries Bush, Bush, Bush. The problem being this guy was basically "evil incarnate" yet, now he may be who they put up for Senate?
     
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    Damn Quantum you're not supposed to call out the left for being hypocrites.
     
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    My answer to the OP questions is yes. :lol:

    Seriously though, while it would by hypocritical to have derided this general as having allowed torture and now support him for political office, I wonder if you are over-generalizing liberals/Democrats? Do the same people who were against the general before support him now? Who was it, other than the ACLU, who wanted him 'held accountable'? Who is supporting him now?

    I'm as guilty as anyone of sometimes painting with a broad brush when talking about political parties or ideologies, but when we do it we deny the possibility of people thinking for themselves, of holding opinions that may be counter to the party line. Neither the left nor the right is a group of completely like-minded drones. So, yes, call those who support someone for office that they in the past believed was a torturer hypocrites, but don't equate that to the whole Dem party or all liberals.

    I know this may sound a bit nit-picky, and I apologize. Sometimes I just get on my high horse when it comes to the generalizing of political philosophies. I don't mean to imply you, QW, are any more guilty of such generalizations than anyone else.
     
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    There is always a problem with citing hypocrisy of an individual based on a general sentiment that may have been held by said person's party.

    I lived in Texas at the time Sanchez was in Iraq and during his fall from grace, if you will. Most Texans were quite committed to their support of Sanchez and did not feel that he ought to be shouldered with responsibility for Abu Graib. So I would not say that there is any hypocrisy for those same people to support him running for Senate.
     
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    The question was more philosophical than anything. This is intended more to point out that politics make strange bedfellows than to paint with an overly broad brush.

    I will point out that, while most people who condemn Bush for torture have no idea who Sanchez is, I would personally consider anyone who condemned Bush that supports Sanchez completely off their rocker.
     
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    There is a one-word answer to this. Here it is:

    Sanchez
     
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    It's Texas.


    'Nuff said.
     
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