Forgive and forget the crimes of the Bushies? I don’t think so

AlterNet
by Paul Krugman

01/19/09

Last Sunday President-elect Barack Obama was asked whether he would seek an investigation of possible crimes by the Bush administration. ‘I don’t believe that anybody is above the law,’ he responded, but ‘we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.’ I’m sorry, but if we don’t have an inquest into what happened during the Bush years — and nearly everyone has taken Mr. Obama’s remarks to mean that we won’t — this means that those who hold power are indeed above the law because they don’t face any consequences if they abuse their power...

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Editorials Worldwide Pillory Bush One Final Time

Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters: "Editorial writers around the world have been taking their final printed whacks at George W. Bush, accusing the president of tarnishing America's standing with what many saw as arrogant and incompetent leadership. 'A weak leader, Bush was just overwhelmed in the job,' said Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung under a headline: 'The Failure.' 'He confused stubbornness with principles. America has become intolerant and it will take a long time to repair that damage.' Editorials hit out at Bush for two unfinished wars, for plunging the economy into recession, turning a budget surplus into a pile of debt, for his environment policies and tarnishing America's reputation with the Guantanamo Bay detention center."

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The Day the Earth Still Stood: What Will Obama Inherit?

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, discusses the impact of yesterday's inauguration and the legacy the Bush administration will leave behind.

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