Friday, January 16, 2009


From the New York Times, Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman's latest essay:

Forgive and Forget?

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.

Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. It’s not just torture and illegal wiretapping, whose perpetrators claim, however implausibly, that they were patriots acting to defend the nation’s security. The fact is that the Bush administration’s abuses extended from environmental policy to voting rights. And most of the abuses involved using the power of government to reward political friends and punish political enemies.

More here.

Right. The Bush administration was nothing short of a massive criminal enterprise even before it actually moved into the White House. From the well documented outright theft of the 2000 election to the invasion of Iraq to the outing of a CIA agent for partisan purposes to mass torture to mass surveilance of US citizens to what now appears to be a multi-billion dollar kickback to wealthy and powerful banking entities disguised as a "bailout," Bush's White House has committed crimes on a scale that would make Don Corlione blush. He and his capos must face justice if the word means anything at all. Indeed, if US law, and the US Constitution, have any meaning at all, the entire Bush crime family must stand trial for their countless and shocking misdeeds.

But they won't. And the Democrats, who refuse, amazingly, to peform their Constitutionally mandated duties on this issue, are now accessories, and therefore just as guilty. The United States of America, as we understand it, has lost all relevance, all meaning.

There is no way for me to be more disgusted than I am now.