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June 9, 2008
What kind of war crimes trials does Obama plan? (updated)
Barack Obama's plan for imposing unity on the nation after he takes office apparently entails a close look at war crimes trials for Bush administration officials. He has even said so in an interview with Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News.
This kind of change -- putting your predecessors on trial for their conduct of policy -- may not be what most Americans really want or expect from someone with Obama's gauzy rhetoric of unity. But unity has a dark side in the hands of people who regard their opponents as criminals. America has two centuries-plus of history lacking the totalitarian practice of jailing the predecessors when a new president takes office.
This is the sort of proposal one might expect from a man steeped in Marxism at his church, from his friends like Ayers, and as a member of the Alinsky Left. But I am surprised he let this slip.
Few on the right noticed (except for Rick Moran) and became alarmed, as the interview in question appeared on a Philadelphia Daily News blog,
At the time it was picked up only by the Huffington Post.
To me the terribly frightening phrase is the wish to avoid a "partisan witch hunt." When a Harvard-trained lawyer inserts a qualifier into a phrase, that is a signal of wiggle room being created. In this case, the obvious implication is that if you get Chuck Hagel or some other antiwar Republican on board, then you have cover for your "witch hunt."
Today Mark Ambinder addresses the issue at the Atlantic blog, while at Little Green Footballs there is the discovery of a campaign document
mentioning the intention to:
Here is Obama's answer to Bunch's question on the possibility of war crimes trials, in its entirety:
Bunch points out that some interpret discussions of waterboarding by officials as grounds for launching a probe.
Hat tip: Ed Lasky, Mark Roth
Update -- E. Levy writes:
Hasn't the "witch hunt" already begun?
Thursday, my congressman, Rodney Alexander, asked me to watch him on C-SPAN. I tuned in during a vote and there was a split screen showing Jay Rockefeller, et al, harshly discussing (salivating, too) the Senate Select Intelligence Committee's Phase II report on the Pentagon's prewar intelligence activities. Kit Bond had an equally harsh response. Both are archived on C-SPAN (http://www.c-span.org/Topics/Iraq.aspx). Scroll down to "Recent Programs" and watch. Grab the Maalox first, however.
If the "witch hunt" hasn't already begun, the pump certainly is being primed.
As for regarding political opponents as criminal, Scooter Libby comes to mind. We're headed for some frightening times...