MORAL BASIS….Two cheers for Colin Powell:

Powell lent his support to three Republican senators Thursday saying that Congress must not pass Bush’s proposal to redefine U.S. compliance with the Geneva Conventions, a treaty that sets international standards for the treatment of prisoners of war.

….”The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism,” said Powell, who served under Bush and is a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “To redefine Common Article 3 would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk.”

It is astonishing that, apparently, only three out of 55 Republican senators recognize something so obvious. It would have been nice if Powell had said this five years ago, but it speaks poorly to the eventual success of our war against jihadism that he has to say it at all.

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