No administration is above the law

Freedom Politics
by Doug Bandow

02/02/09

Without question, President George W. Bush did what he thought was right, but much of it was wrong. He was wrong to take America into an unnecessary war. He was wrong to sacrifice civil liberties for the appearance of security. For these and other errors he deserves to be exiled to the far reaches of the American political system. For none of them does he deserve to be prosecuted, however. No matter how bitter our political disagreements, they should never be treated as crimes. But high office provides no immunity for criminal acts. Although President Barack Obama has indicated his reluctance to investigate his predecessor, he should appoint an independent prosecutor, to avoid charges of partisan retribution, to detail what Bush administration officials did, assess the legality of their conduct, consider any factors mitigating illegal behavior, and bring any appropriate indictments...

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Time for a defense policy that defends America
Campaign For Liberty
by Doug Bandow

02/01/09

The American empire is in shambles. U.S. soldiers and Marines who expected flowers and candies in Iraq were cut down by bombs and bullets instead. Afghanistan is spinning ever further out of Washington’s control. Russia, China, and even Europe increasingly resist U.S. demands. At the same time, America stands on an economic precipice. The national debt is currently $10.6 trillion, almost $35,000 per person. The deficit for 2009 will exceed $1 trillion. Congress is preparing to spend almost another trillion dollars to ’stimulate’ the economy. And America’s long-term unfunded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare exceed $100 trillion. In other words, the U.S. is effectively broke at home and increasingly unable to control events abroad. Yet the new administration looks almost identical to the old one when it comes to foreign policy...

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=7


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