Boy, David Broder has really outdone himself on this one, and not in a good way. This is as shocking an opinion piece as I've seen on this issue.
We can’t prosecute lawbreakers if some people calling for prosecutions don’t have “pure” motives? What the heck does that have to do with evidence that crimes were committed? When have we ever considered the motives of anyone, other than the criminals themselves when deciding whether to prosecute?
Mr. Broder also wrongly believes that politics and not evidence should determine whether to prosecute or not prosecute when he states that Obama and not AG Holder and the DOJ should make this determination. That is un-American. Our system of government does not support political interference in prosecutions, as any school child knows.
Mr. Broder also tells us that the memos on torture were a deliberate policy decision made in all the “proper” places by “proper” officials but he doesn’t mention that what these “proper” officials decided in these “proper” places was to “improperly” develop a policy of breaking the law. That’s not a “proper” policy, that’s criminal behavior. This is not about criminalizing policy differences it’s about pointing out that the policy itself was criminal.
To use Broder's flawed logic, if these "proper" people in "proper" places determined they would have a policy to murder every first born child in this country that would be a legitimate policy that should not be prosecuted. What sheer nonsense.
David Broder should be ashamed of himself for writing such drivel.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Poster for a side-show at the Vermont State Fair, Rutland - September 1941
In todays Washington Post David Broder takes his protect the establishment at all cost mindset to a new low, even for David Broder. Listed below is the comment I left on the Post's website about his poorly reasoned, Stop Scapegoating, column. My comment by no means addresses all of the crazy things said by Mr. Broder and I welcome others to post their observations.