David Kirkpatrick

March 6, 2009

A conservative on the truth commission

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:55 am

Daniel Larison,  blogger at The American Conservative, offers his take on the theoretical truth commission to look into war crimes and abuses of the Bush 43 regime in the name of the “war on terror.”

From the link:

Naturally, then, the main objections to the truth commission Sen. Leahy has been trying to organize are that it will be highly politicized and will be nothing more than a witch hunt. Of course, the use of the phrase “witch hunt” today implies a hunt in pursuit of something that does not exist, while we are fairly certain that there were criminals in the outgoing administration who have thus far escaped the appropriate sanctions of the law. The best argument that witnesses testifying against the idea of forming a commission seem to have had is that the abuses of power and crimes in question are not as numerous as they were under Pinochet and apartheid. Now that’s a claim to moral authority.

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