Truth to Power

Not even a truth commission

So now, it seems, the wrecked economy – complements of the Bush administration – is becoming the excuse for congressional inaction after eight years of unremitting malfeasance by the Bush administration.

This is serious, folks. Appointing a special prosecutor had been the top issue on President Obama’s Web site when he took office. Either he’s not listening any more, or his supporters are “looking forward, not backward,” just as he prefers – and just as his right flank (the CIA, the neocons, and everyone else who has something to hide) desperately want.

It remains to be seen if Obama’s huge base can get through to him on this issue, now that he occupies the White House. If they cannot, then the failure to hold even a truth commission, let alone prosecutions, signals a return to the same old way of doing things. Deterrence be damned.</em>

We are going to rue the day we decided to turn our backs on the errors of our past. Nixon gave us Cheney, and one shudders to ponder what the brutal, unAmerican Bush Administration will give rise to in the future. When our country refuses to wash its own laundry, it forces another nation to do it for us.

Although it wouldn’t be justice, per se, the image of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al trapped in the US (ask Kissinger about his travel plans sometime), for fear of some other country- a country with a still functioning rule of law, if such still exists- arresting them at an airport, well, that’s a nice image.

But it isn’t justice, and it won’t stop Obama- or whatever insane theocrat the GOP might one day elect- from taking even more power into their hands. What’s to stop them?


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