Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Execution approval: Just another day at the office for “killer George”
Bush approves the execution of yet another military serviceman; Just another body in the heap to Bush
by Larry Simons
July 29, 2008
With the stroke of his pen, Bush has approved the military’s request for the execution of Army Private, Ronald A Gray. It was the first Presidential approval for an execution of a member of the armed services since 1957, when Dwight D. Eisenhower approved the death sentence for Army Private John Bennett, who raped and attempted to murder and 11-year old girl.
Ronald A. Gray in 1988
Approving of death sentences is no rare event for Bush, since in his tenure as Governor of Texas, he resided over the deaths of 152 prisoners; more than any other governor in history. A record I’m sure he is proud of.
I am not debating whether Army Private Gray deserves the death penalty (since he is guilty of 4 murders and 8 rapes in the Fayetteville, NC, area in the late 80’s). But what struck me as hilarious is when White House press secretary Dana Perino issued this comment today, “While approving a sentence of death for a member of our armed services is a serious and difficult decision for a commander in chief, the president believes the facts of this case leave no doubt that the sentence is just and warranted”.
“Serious and difficult decision”? Are YOU serious, Perino? Bush has ALREADY approved the death sentences of 4,124 members of our armed services in this illegal, unconstitutional war since they legally are murders! The ironic thing is, Bush’s approval today of the execution of Ronald A. Gray may be Bush’s ONLY justified one! But please, Mrs. Perino, don’t use words like “serious and difficult”. George W. Bush has been approving military executions for over 5 years now. This is old hat to him!