For John, BLUF: Nothing to be proud of and something to be discouraged. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Just now on Democracy Now (LTC Channel 8), Amy Goodman talks about talk about the indictment of President George W Bush and his subordinates for Rendition and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.
Does Ms Goodman not understand that if we go after "W" we are thus logically going to have to go after President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore?
From The Economist:
IN 1993, Bill Clinton was pondering whether to authorise what is now called an “extraordinary rendition”, when American agents snatch a suspected terrorist abroad and deliver him to interrogators in a third country. The White House counsel warned that this would be illegal. President Clinton was in two minds until Al Gore walked in, laughed and said: “That's a no-brainer. Of course it's a violation of international law, that's why it's a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass.”Or maybe we could go back further.
Here is the PBS take.
Regards — Cliff