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What if The Reverend, at the end of 2009, were to start defending the George W. Bush presidency? That would be quite a turnabout, wouldn't it?
Pigs will fly, of course, before I would even consider doing anything so irresponsible. However, for President Barack Obama....defending the George W. Bush presidency is becoming a full time job.
Here's the latest evidence.....and it's discouraging....
John Yoo is being defended in court this month by the Administration. Not the Bush Administration. The Obama Administration. As with the lawsuits over electronic surveillance and torture, the Obama administration wants the lawsuit against Yoo dismissed and is defending the right of Justice Department officials to help establish a torture program — an established war crime.
The Obama Administration has filed a brief that brushes over the war crimes aspects of Yoo’s work at the Justice Department. Instead, it insists that attorneys must be free to give advice — even if it is to establish a torture program.
In its filing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department insists that there is “the risk of deterring full and frank advice regarding the military’s detention and treatment of those determined to be enemies during an armed conflict.”
The Obama Administration has gutted the hard-fought victories in Nuremberg where lawyers and judges were often guilty of war crimes in their legal advice and opinions. The third of the twelve trials for war crimes involved 16 German jurists and lawyers. Nine had been officials of the Reich Ministry of Justice, the others were prosecutors and judges of the Special Courts and People’s Courts of Nazi Germany.
Nuremberg is just so 20th century, isn't it? What did the Allies know about war crimes and tribunals, anyway? Silly Nuremberg trials. If an American lawyer, like, say John Yoo, gives legal advice to an American president, laying out an internationally illegal regime of torture and brutality for the president to implement....he can't possibly be held responsible.
Why? Obama's Justice Department says the reason is that anyone.....anyone....who gives counsel to the president, no matter what that counsel is.....is immune from accountability and the rule of law and entitled to complete secrecy over the counsel.....BECAUSE he/she is counseling the president.
If the president invites someone into the White House to give him counsel, that person just wouldn't feel comfortable enough to be candid in that counsel if he or she had to worry about obeying all those bothersome American laws.
That is the same line of "defense" offered up for years by George and his Dick. The American president stands above the law (except for blowjobs).....everyone who "counsels" the American president stands above the law.....and any information about that "above the law" counseling is to be always considered "state secrets". Americans have no right to know anything about any of it.
John Yoo, the legal architect for the Bush/Cheney torture regime, is being defended by the "change" administration of Barack Obama.
Then we have the Obama speech from Oslo, Norway. Neo-conservatives are praising Obama's Oslo speech. That, in itself, is like huge red warning lights blinking.
Obama, ironically, in Norway to accept a "peace prize", said that America is the world's police force and that is how it should be.....because America is special....and pure...
The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms. The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans. We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will. We have done so out of enlightened self-interest -- because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if others' children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity.
America has defended the entire globe from the bad guys because America is righteous above all other nations. No, no.... America hasn't simply been "impos(ing) our will" on others. Perish that thought. America is special, good and righteous because we do things out of "enlightened self-interest."
And even as we confront a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war. That is what makes us different from those whom we fight. That is a source of our strength.
I've seen movies where individuals channel, you know, demons.....but I never expected to see green, exorcist, Bush-slime spewing forth, all Linda Blair style, out of Barack Obama's mouth. I've been taught a lesson.
One more nostalgic Bushian moment and then I'll shut up until tomorrow.
Obama said this...
"Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms."
Do tell, big O. All that's missing is the word "crusade" or "axis". To say "evil..exists in the world"......and "good" America must confront that "evil" in whatever human form it takes....is a reminder of the born-again, Bushian psycho-babble bullsh*t we all endured for 8 years.
Making such an implied correlation between the "evil" of Hitler's Nazis with al-Qaeda's box-cutter carrying, stateless cave dwellers.....is a neo-con's wettest of dreams. Ridiculous, yes, but, nevertheless, the stuff that gives neo-conservatives wood.
Barack Obama thinks he can be all things to all people. On military and foreign policy matters, on state secrets and presidential power matters....Obama is simply a more articulate retread of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.