The price of war

Six months ago, the good folks over at Slate compiled a Venn-diagram of presidential offenses that helpfully laid out and color-coded all the crimes that members of the Bush administration could potentially be prosecuted for. As an exercise in wishful thinking, the diagram had John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales hitting the criminal jackpot, racking up charges of clandestine wiretapping, illegal Justice Department hiring and firings, involvement in the CIA tapes scandal, and condoning coercive interrogation. On the lesser end of things, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleeza Rice all kept their hands relatively clean, sanctioning only coercive interrogation, or as those of us unversed in Newspeak like to call it, illegal torture. Looking at the diagram, the administration’s ability to normalize the scope of their crimes comes off as nothing short of incredible. While the call to prosecute Bush often seems like a pipe dream promoted in liberal college towns and on blue state car bumpers, as Scott Horton observed in his December 2008 Harper’s cover story, “this administration did more than commit crimes. It waged war against the law itself.”

The rest is up at Slant


~ by Jessica on December 17, 2008.

One Response to “The price of war”

  1. That chart is pretty great! I emailed this post to friends and colleagues.

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