Now the bad news: barring a last minute surge in support for Ralph Nader or Bob Barr, one of the men pictured above will be the next president (or “commander-in-chief” for the military fetishists of both parties), where he will assume control of the most powerful state in world history. That means, come January 2009, one of these men will gain the power to unilaterally declare war on impoverished nations on the other side of the globe, without so much as a congressional authorization. That means, come next year, one of these men will be able to — again, unilaterally — declare someone an “enemy combatant” and hold them indefinitely in a U.S. military prison (with a little torture at a CIA black site thrown in for good measure).
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