Paul Krugman on torture and the Iraq war:
Sorry, but what we really should do for the sake of the country is have investigations both of torture and of the march to war. These investigations should, where appropriate, be followed by prosecutions — not out of vindictiveness, but because this is a nation of laws.
"America's soul" Does a country have a soul that is separate from the citizenry? I know we all deplore this mingling of Church and State, and I am also hazy on some of the details. Will Pat Leahy of the Judiciary Committee perform a benediction? Or will it be more like a ritual excorcism?
But snark aside, it's a terrific idea. We should have a Truth Commission modeled after Truman's Internment Commission, which famously investigated the deplorable internment of Japanese-American citizens (as well as others of German and Italian descent) during WWII. I don't know whether we will want to go so far as to pay reparations to the families of tortured terrorists (or to the terrorists themselves) but surely we can terminate the careers of some civil servants, military leaders, and Federal judges, as the Internment Commission did. Truman brought us back from the brink when our souls were imperiled then; I know another Democrat can save us today.
DOUBLE-SNARK ASIDE: I back the CW on this - Washington and the Obama agenda will freeze if Obama does not Move On. So speaking as someone with no love for either Bush or Obama's likely agenda, I say to the Truth Commission idea, bring it on. Nancy Pelosi being sworn in to lie about what she knew and when she forgot it - she has to be less dangerous to the country that way.
OK - as Andy McCarthy explains, it is no way to run a serious country and it may weaken us before our enemies. But it would be wrong to give in to fear, and can we really put the risk of a few dead Americans ahead of the threat to Paul Krugman's soul?
I'm counting on my President to do the right thing.
McCARTHY'S BEST LINE: Mr. McCarthy offered this on prosecutorial discretion:
And unlike the case of a congressional commission, it’s also within
Obama’s power to pull the plug on a criminal investigation. Instead,
he’s entrusting the matter to Attorney General Eric Holder, who
responded to his boss’s abrupt turnabout by boldly promising to “follow
the evidence wherever it takes us” —because, as he and Obama mindlessly
repeat, “no one is above the law.”
Obama and Holder can’t pretend that this is not their decision to make, that the “rule of law” is a train on which they are mere passengers.