Tuesday, April 15, 2008

WHAT WOULD PRESIDENT OBAMA DO?

Bill Clinton refused to investigate the Bush Sr. war crimes so as not to interfere with his "agenda". From that, it is easy to assume that Hillary Clinton would follow a similar path. We need to find out what a President Obama would do about investigating and prosecuting the massive criminality of the GW Bush "administration", and we can learn a lot by reading this post from Digby over at HULLABALOO.


All of that said, I feel the need to excerp from some of the comments following this story:

  • "By refusing to pursue political criminality of the previous administration, the next president will ensure that future versions of the same bunch of criminals will flourish and do it all over again next time. Ford's pardon of Nixon gave us Iran/Contra. Clinton's refusal to prosecute Iran/Contra gave us Bush II, 9/11 and two wars for fun and profit. Refusing to prosecute BushCo will give us the next, even more radical Republican dictatorship."
  • "Why would Democrats want to prosecute anybody for this stuff? Then they wouldn't be able to do it themselves. It's pretty rare for politicians to give up power once it's been acquired"
  • "The problem with the argument that pursuing the crimes would eat up a term or pursuing impeachment would be bad or the country is that those arguments can be made regardless of circumstances and the mean, essentially, that a criminal White House should never be prosecuted, which is rather encouraging to criminal White Houses. Reagan should have been impeached over his Middle East crimes. Had he been impeached for it, there is a chance we wouldn't see the same players from the Reagan administration now making even bigger blunders and committing worse crimes in the Middle East. Why bother with laws if you don't enforce them?"
  • GO. READ

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.