The politicization of justice and war

Jennifer Rubin says Yoo gets the last word. The source is Yoo’s response in the WSJ to the efforts to taint any and all parties on the ‘wrong side’ of the torture debate. The persecution by investigation is a tactic being used in modern politics in a way that has diminished its proper value as a means of dealing with corruption and misbehavior. Harassment using any tool as a political weapon degrades and demeans politics and creates long term implications. Whether it is Governor Palin and endless groundless ethics complaints or Mr. Yoo in a DOJ investigation about an opinion or even the medical liability lawsuit or other consumer ‘get rich quick via the court system’ schemes, we all pay the price.

this is not simply about the persecution of two fine lawyers. It’s not even about the untold damage done to the Justice Department, which may find it difficult to find top-flight attorneys willing to stake their careers and savings by rolling the dice that some future administration won’t second-guess and investigate them. No, as Yoo points out, it’s about stopping the Justice Department from actively interfering with the serious business of the fighting a war against Islamic terrorists.

These are tactics that are used when the established and accepted tactics don’t achieve desired outcomes. Those other tactics involve the time and effort to make a case that will sway sufficient voters to make desired choices and sufficient time and persistence to overcome the protections against abuse built into the system. So far, the protections have held. For modern politics, though, that only means that those protections must be worn away and diminished. That is why you hear legislators talking about changing the rules of procedure, debate about executive powers, judicial oligarchy and USOC vacancies, transparency, and bi-partisanship labels.

Hang on to your shorts!

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