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Left Wing Activists Embrace 9/10 Mindset, Eagerly Await Prosecution Of Bush Advisors

Over at Memorandum there is a link to a number of leftwing bloggers and journalists breathlessly awaiting the arrest of former Bush administration advisors and attorneys for their role in "violat(ing) international law by providing a legalistic framework to justify the use of torture of American prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba".

TalkLeft names the targets:

  1. Jay S. Bybee, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  2. Douglas Feith, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
  3. William J Haynes, Chief Corporate Counsel, Chevron Headquarters
  4. John Yoo, UC Berkeley School of Law
  5. Alberto R. Gonzales
  6. David Addington

Trig Palin Truther Andrew Sullivan gleefully notes that:

More ominous for Yoo and Addington et al is that the judge involved is the one who nailed Pinochet. That dude doesn't mess around. Spain's action means these war criminals are vulnerable in 24 European countries for arrest and prosecution for enabling torture. It's a start.

Notwithstanding that the reported investigation has been launched in a Spanish Court, it is noteworthy that the Left in this country continues to cling to the fiction that they have an alternative strategy to the Bush administration's prosecution of the War on Terror. The Obama administration has punted the matter of the continued operation of Guantánamo Bay by issuing an order without a solution. Similarly the Left encourages the prosecution of Bush administration officials without offering a plan as to how they intend to fight asymmetrical warfare, other than to give speeches.

The Obama Administration would be well advised to foreclose the possibility of the prosecution of the former administration's advisors if it wants to maintain any semblance of concern for national security interests. The chances of such a policy appear slim though given the bizarre taped address President Obama served up to the Iranians last week and his failed entreaty to the Russians the week before. However powerful the administration's estimation of its own message conveying power, no amount of political spin will contain the damage caused by our enemies' exploitation of some perceived weakness in the Executive. John Yoo, one of the targeted Bush administration officials, laid out the risks involved in this policy very clearly:

While the officials named in the complaint have not addressed these specific accusations, Mr. Yoo defended his work in an opinion column in The Wall Street Journal on March 7, warning that the Obama administration risked harming national security if it punished lawyers like himself.

"If the administration chooses to seriously pursue those officials who were charged with preparing for the unthinkable, today's intelligence and military officials will no doubt hesitate to fully prepare for those contingencies in the future," Mr. Yoo wrote.

This particular Spanish inquisition will be a litmus test for the Obama administration as it will tell the public whether real adults are in charge of US foreign policy and the War on Terror or if the radicals bent on revenge at all costs have assumed control.


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Comments (7)

You can bet the man 'with v... (Below threshold)

You can bet the man 'with vast executive experience' will vote "present!".

This can NEVER have tractio... (Below threshold)

This can NEVER have traction. The reason: The president cannot commit troops to a war without the consent from Congress. By putting GW in the cross hairs, the congress will come out looking like buffoons. ww

You forget WW, that the Dem... (Below threshold)

You forget WW, that the Dem-Controlled Congress, especially Schumer, Kennedy, Kerry, Reid and the other 'leaders', claims that they were 'tricked' and 'lied to' by Bush.

ww - We can only hope so. B... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

ww - We can only hope so. Because I have argued to those who are inclined to support this monstrous idea ....

a) do you really think the worm cannot turn? (As many Republicans who advocated ditching the filibuster over judges apparently thought when the GOP owned Congress and the Executive)

and b) can you rule out prosecutions for treason, sedition, and aiding and comforting the enemy if.... released GITMO detainees commit terror on US soil..... if the Congress abrogates US constitutional rights in favor of UN mandates.... if US authorities act at the behest of international courts or bodies in a manner that contravenes the US Constitution.... etc etc?

Of course, they cannot rule out such things. But like 90% of our politicians and voters on both sides, they are categorically incapable of considering the long term results of what they do, and how today's precedent can be turned against them in ways they cannot forsee.

But gosh it sure do feel good today! So, to the barricades!


Present in the last tense.<... (Below threshold)

Present in the last tense.

I would consider any attemp... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

I would consider any attempt by foreigners to arrest these people an act of war and failure to respond by the President an impeachable offense.

This post has been linked f... (Below threshold)

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