For your reference.

Big smiles.The U.N. says that the United States should close the prison at Guantanamo Bay for terror suspects as soon as possible and cease treatment that “amounts to torture.” The White House declined the suggestion.

Isn’t this the torture that was supposed to be banned (even though it was already illegal) with the passing of that fancy new no-torture bill some certain politicans and presidents were gladhanding eachother about a few months back? And wasn’t the violation of U.N. mandated inspections the justification for abandoning a diplomatic course between the U.S. and Iraq? How can the U.S. demand that the rest of the world respect the U.N. if even they don’t honor its role in promoting and protecting human rights?

A list of the programs cut in Bush’s new budget. For your reference.