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And Yet More Evolving Lawyers


Kent was crass enough to point out that those all ready to condemn George Bush (and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Jay Bybee, John Yoo, etc., et al) as war criminals seem to have lost their voices now that President Obama not only captures and intrerrogates al Qaeda operatives, but kills them on the spot.  And no due process!  Even though they're American citizens!!!

Now comes Steve Hayward from Powerline to be even more crass.  Steve starts off with, "Gosh, who knew that John Yoo had gone back to work for the Obama Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, writing memos under the nom de plumes "David Barron" and "Martin Lederman." 

It gets nastier from there.

Barack Obama demagogued this issue to a fare-thee-well in his campaign.  But if you're waiting for an apology, you'll be waiting a long time. 


Apologies or not, inconsistencies or not, dithering on military commissions or not, the President has been behind the killing of loads of terrorists (among whom have notably been the two American citizens, quite a few Somali pirates and, of course, Osama Bin Laden). From my point of view, that is more than acceptable. Especially living here in Italy, which has just had a cargo ship captured by Somali pirates and where I'd be surprised if the outcome were anything other than ransom being paid, I can appreciate that the Obama Administration's fight against terrorism has been decidedly robust.

I applaud President Obama for ignoring his own partisan and unworthy attacks on George Bush for doing what was necessary to safeguard the country, and doing even more of it himself.

But this does not make those attacks retroactively less partisan and unworthy. You appropriately recognize as much by starting off your comment with, "Apologies or not, inconsistencies or not, dithering on military commissions or not..."

If I had pulled the switch Obama has, I would at least say something like, "My criticism of President Bush for his anti-terror policies was undertaken before I sat where he did, and fully understood what is needed. What I said during the campaign was overdrawn and, if I had it to do over, things would be different."

I'd think more of him if he said that. Wouldn't you?

Yeah, I guess you're right. I would think more of President Obama if he apologized.

Plus, much to my pleasant surprise, the Italian ship in question was liberated by American and Royal Navy personnel and, apparently, no ransom was paid. Moreover, Italy has just decided to put six-man naval commando teams on all Italian vessels in the danger zone.

Thanks for the news about these positive developments, and congratulations to the Italian authorities.

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