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January 16, 2009

Holding Those At The Top Accountable

-- by Dave Johnson

Today's column by Paul Krugman, Forgive and Forget? is a must-read.

Now, it’s true that a serious investigation of Bush-era abuses would make Washington an uncomfortable place, both for those who abused power and those who acted as their enablers or apologists. And these people have a lot of friends. But the price of protecting their comfort would be high: If we whitewash the abuses of the past eight years, we’ll guarantee that they will happen again.

Law is not just for the people underneath. Accountability is necessary or the entire society is corrupted.

But an investigation into the corruption of the Bush administration isn't just about holding wrongdoers accountable. We also owe it to the rest of the world to reflect on how this happened, and to take steps to assure them that it won't happen again.

Speaking of happening again, just why would an Obama administration resist holding those at the top accountable?

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 16, 2009 8:28 AM


I really hope Obama pushes for an all out investigation. I know this isn't likely, but man it would be nice.

Obama wants to move forward partly so he doesn't look like he's oblivious to all the current problems we're facing. He's afraid if there are drawn-out investigations, everyone will get mad at him for not focusing on the economy.

But Obama and (some) other Democrats (Russ Feingold for one) can explain why we need investigations in a way that the average American can understand. I really hope they do.

Posted by: Brian Krenz [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2009 10:27 AM

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