From Pine View Farm

Truth. No Reconciliation. (Updated) 1

David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey in today’s Washington Post:

For his part, President Obama has reacted coolly to calls to investigate Bush officials. Obama is right to be skeptical; this is a profoundly bad idea — for policy and, depending on how such a commission were organized and operated, for legal and constitutional reasons.


Attempting to prosecute political opponents at home or facilitating their prosecution abroad, however much one disagrees with their policy choices while in office, is like pouring acid into our democratic machinery.

(There’s more at the link.)

Not that I think that prosecutions are a good idea, but, I’m sorry, suborning torture is not a “policy difference.”

Addendum, after Drinking Liberally:

The Booman:

How about this? Instead of pretending that the Bush administration obeyed the law and respected the Constitution, why don’t we face facts and have a full accounting. And how about the Obama administration just respects the law and the Constitution so we don’t have to worry about prosecuting them when they leave office? Is that really so hard?


1 comment

  1. Karen

    February 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I don’t know how I feel about prosecutions. Because undoubtedly it would be the lower levels it gets, & like it or not, they were following orders. The people at the top are the ones responsible, & they are almost immune.

    It needs to be completely & totally investigated, so that it can’t happen again. If the methods aren’t known, history can repeat itself.

    John Yoo, on the other hand, should be disbarred.