Newsweek reporter: Bush is a 'Dictator' (video)
After listening to the Financial Times' Chrystia Freeland talk about Vladimir Putin's descent into authoritarianism, Newsweek columnist Eleanor Clift remarks [VIDEO below] that at least Putin was a dictator with a commanding popularity while Bush is an unpopular and "ineffective dictator."
Freeland goes ballistic about the use of the word dictator (noting that we elect our leaders).
While it is true (with caveats) that we elect our leaders, that's not the only characteristic of a dictatorship. Merriam Webster's primary definition is: 1 a : a person granted absolute emergency power...
This is more or less what the administration's argument is with respect to Guantanamo Bay, torture, the Geneva Conventions and the Authorization to Use Military Force.
Although many in the very congress that voted for the AUMF explicitly warn the administration that it didn't include the authority to set aside the Geneva Conventions (or portions of it), that's what the president and his legal advisers are attempting to argue in response to the Supreme Court's recent Hamdan decision.
So yeah, that's sort of like being a dictator. Not to mention that the second definition is: 2 : one that dictates. Which sounds an awful lot like "a decider" but with, like, 15 more I.Q. points.
Either way, Clift revises her comment, calling Bush an authoritarian instead. Something John Dean, a lifetime conservative, agrees with.
(NewsBusters, RawStory, Merriam-Webster)
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