Bush Approves Execution Of Soldier for Murders By Dan Eggen Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 29, 2008; A04
President Bush yesterday approved the execution of an Army private convicted of a string of vicious murders and rapes in North Carolina, marking the first time in half a century that a president has affirmed a military death sentence.
Bush agreed to a request from the secretary of the Army to execute Ronald A. Gray, who has been on death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., since 1988.
"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," White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement.
C'mon, Dana. Difficult decision?
(Alan Berlow, Atlantic) During Bush's six years as governor 150 men and two women were executed in Texas—a record unmatched by any other governor in modern American history.
George Bernard Shaw writes that "When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty." And that shame gave Bush-the-healer a record of 151 to 1 against any circumstance that might warrant a life sentence against execution.