Restating The Obvious.

January 16, 2009 at 10:27 am | Posted in Miscellany, torture | Leave a comment
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Paul Krugman (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

Paul Krugman (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)


I’ve said this before but maybe if Paul Krugman says it more people will listen.

Now, it’s true that a serious investigation of Bush-era abuses would make Washington an uncomfortable place, both for those who abused power and those who acted as their enablers or apologists. And these people have a lot of friends. But the price of protecting their comfort would be high: If we whitewash the abuses of the past eight years, we’ll guarantee that they will happen again.

Meanwhile, about Mr. Obama: while it’s probably in his short-term political interests to forgive and forget, next week he’s going to swear to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That’s not a conditional oath to be honored only when it’s convenient.

And to protect and defend the Constitution, a president must do more than obey the Constitution himself; he must hold those who violate the Constitution accountable. So Mr. Obama should reconsider his apparent decision to let the previous administration get away with crime. Consequences aside, that’s not a decision he has the right to make.

Do go read the whole thing.

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