Tuesday, April 21, 2009

To Prosecute or Not

Well, the President now says he is open to the possibility of prosecuting the attorneys who wrote the memos. The cry is heard that this will compromise our ability to fight terrorists. Lost in the noise; we signed treaties that may cover this issue.

My view: we have signed treaties, and if what occurred on the Bush watch, or any President's watch, violates the terms of those treaties, then we are rightfully required to fulfill the terms of those treaties, no matter how painful. We can hardly hold other countries accountable and yet exempt ourselves. If we are going to claim the moral high ground, then we must be as accountable as everyone else, or it is just so much posturing. Believe me, I am not happy about the prospect of this, but better this than further erosion of our moral compass and our ability to convince the rest of the world that American values and principles are worth emulating.

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