According to The Economist/YouGov poll, apparently 16.56% of the people surveyed believe that at least an innocent has been executed in the last 5 year, and still supports death penalty.
innocent persons have been executed in the U.S.
From the same survey, 62% of respondents answered in favor to the question “28. Do you favor the death penalty for serious crimes such as murder and rape?” It is possible that some of the respondents may only favor death penalty who is proven in a infallible criminal justice system. So theoretically they are not favoring the chance of killing innocents. but still… people have to understand that an infallible system is near impossible in reality. Incidentally 76% of these proponents of death penalty think death penalty is not imposed enough. Wow talk about blood thirsty.
People at the Innocence Project, are you reading this?
All of the data can be found here.
If Obama is to have any chance of succeeding in winding down the U.S. military engagement with some semblance of accomplishment and honor, he must end the policy divisions within his administration and the insubordination of military leadership on the ground. These efforts must start with a decisive heave-ho of General McChrystal. Anything less will reinforce the emerging calculation that Obama is a wuss.
– James Hoge
Obama replaced McChrystal with Petraeus today.
Having Petraeus take over Afghanistan is a skewed move by Obama to have the popular general absorb fall out from a likely Afganistan mission failure. The mission will probably also eliminate Petraeus as a potential 2012 Presidential candidate.
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If Obama is doing this (this being unconstitutionally authoritative) to please the Republicans, its not going to work, they stil think Obama is a radical leftist. so stop.
If Obama is doing this because America is in a dire security situation and these measures are necessary, then tell us how bad it is and let us judge. or stop doing it.
If Obama dont change these policies, he will be vulnerable to an outsider emerging as the fresh face of Republican Party to challenge Obama on both economic and personal liberty. One may think that such an outsider will have no chance of winning in the Republican primary. Consider this, If the Republican establishment and religious right was desperate enough to endorse John McCain in 2008, they will do it again in 2012. Only this time, instead of the old McCain they will support a youthful and charismatic outsider.
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