Now, after President Obama has shown a willingness to pursue vindictive probes of Bush administration officials for the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, the preeminent funder of America’s left, George Soros, is calling for the establishment of a kind of star chamber to help the left pay back the previous administration for launching the War on Terror.
According to a report from Byron York of the Washington Examiner, Soros has joined with MoveOn, which he funds generously, to urge the creation of “a commission of inquiry to examine and report publicly on America’s use of torture in the period since September 11, 2001.”
Soros’s proposal was included in an email sent out by his Open Society Institute. The email refers the reader to the “Commission on Accountability,” whose website makes the incredible claim that “[t]he report issued by the commission will strengthen U.S. national security and help to re-establish America’s standing in the world.”
No, it won’t. It will poison America’s politics for decades to come, as former Solicitor General Ted Olson told York. It is the kind of thing a Third World banana republic does.
After being disappointed time and time again by the pseudo-conservative Bush administration, which among other things, started the country down the road to Mussolini-style corporatism, I have no affection for the ancien regime, but in America we resolve policy differences through elections. We don’t use the legal system after officials have left office to turn their lives upside down in pursuit of a nakedly partisan political agenda.
Launching an American Inquisition is pure madness. It’s a slow kind of national suicide by investigation and litigation.
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