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:
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?