I reject the basic premise of your article, namely, that Republicans would somehow take offense at Obama appointing an investigator to uncover potential crimes of the Bush administration.
First of all, why would Republicans balk at investigating crimes against the Constitution? Don't "they" believe in the rule of law? Why do so many pundits presuppose the GOP is not willing to look critically at the Bush administration's actions over the past eight years?
The GOP should loathe these past eight years because Bush sunk the party. By essentially creating a despot, the Bush administration veered so far to the right--they took all the moderate Republicans and independents and drove them all to the Democratic side--just look at elections 2006 and 2008.
Obama does not need to appease the right. He should be more concerned with uncovering serious crimes that took place these past eight years--and torture is only the tip of the iceberg. Bush put into place many secret laws and directives that will adversely impact the Government for years to come.
Finally, as a private citizen, "I" want to know what my Government has been doing in my name for the past eight years! I want to know if US citizens are being spied upon by spooks in our own government; I would like to know who authorized torture and what was gained for such savagery; I would like to know who has received the hundreds of billions of dollars of bailout money; I would like to know how the Pentagon was hit by a plane and no one sounded any type of alarm; I would like to know why Condi Rice and Bush himself said no one could have ever predicted bin Laden would fly planes into the WTC, when they were both warned of exactly that type of scenario happening; and I would like to know what type of intelligence Doug Feith's Office of Special Plans generated for the White House in the months leading up to the invasion.
This is only a small sampling of what crimes were perpetrated by Bush, and if Obama is worried about some rogue Republicans disagreeing with open, honest investigations, then our country will be a lot worse off this next four years.
Dec 27 2008 - 6:14pm