February 10, 2009
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is proposing a "truth commission" to investigate abuses of detainees, politically inspired moves at the Justice Department, and whole range of decisions made during the Bush administration.Of course not. This isn't at all motivated by Democrats' continuing obsessive BDS. And I'm sure Leahy isn't doing this just to pander to his rabidly left wing base.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the primary goal of the commission would be to learn the truth rather than prosecute former officials, but said the inquiry should reach far beyond misdeeds at the Justice Department under Bush to include matters of Iraq prewar intelligence and the Defense Department.
Leahy outlined his suggestion for a "truth and reconciliation" commission during a speech at Georgetown University Monday.
"I'm doing this not to humiliate people or punish people but to get the truth out," he said.
Obama was asked about this at his press conference, and he made some squishy remarks about how he wants to look forward, not backward. But if he's as smart as we're continually told he is, he'll tell Leahy to back the fuck away from this idea right quick. Because, if he doesn't, there are going to be recriminations down the road, especially if the ar-tards of the GOP can manage to take back Congress.
If you move forward with this, Sen. Leahy, bear in mind that we will be keeping score. And if the first two weeks have been any indication, we'll have quite a tally by the end.
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