In an act of abject cowardice, President Bush has vetoed a bipartisan bill prohibiting waterboarding and other Al Qaeda-esque interrogation techniques not in a public appearance surrouded by aides and supporters but behind closed doors. The action was announced in his weekly radio address this morning, a favorite of sycophantic shut-ins but hardly anyone else.
Beyond being yet another power grab, the veto allowing the CIA broad latitude in how it treats terror suspects -- something prohibited by the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies -- sends a loud and unambiguous message to America's enemies that they should feel free to respond in kind.
The veto was the ninth of Bush's presidency but the eighth in the last 10 months as Democrats have moved, albeit tentatively, to act on their mid-term election mandate.
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