Learning A Valuable Lesson

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As Obama delivered his Nobel lecture, his ironically-named justice department was working to immunize torture lawyer John Yoo from any liability for constructing the legal foundation upon which the Bush administration’s torture spree was based. This effort to revive another discredited Nuremberg defense—the president had already embraced the “just following orders” defense—was initiated 62 years, almost to the day, after the conclusion of the trials for Yoo’s Nazi counterparts.

Meanwhile, over at the War Department, plans were well underway to dramatically escalate a war in Afghanistan that at least some of the president’s advisers must have known to be doomed, and that had never for a moment resembled the description of it he offered to the  tuxedoed and gowned Nobel crowd…

“I think we’ve all learned a valuable lesson.” That’s what the tombstone should say.


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