Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This Bloggingheads episode between Bruce Fein and Jane Hamsher has always stuck in my mind and I highly recommend it. The title, "Bush's Crimes," is too bad, because Fein's critique far outlasts Bush, and will be relevant and important for a long time. This idea of killing people "on the president's say-so" gets back to the two kinds of problems: (a) the president could be wrong - even if you had eight levels of scrutiny, maybe in this case you would have needed nine, and by the time you realize you would have needed nine, the person in the crosshairs has been successfully killed. Or (b) the president could be lying, and by the time you hold them accountable, the person in the crosshairs has been successfully killed.