18 May 2009

Turning the Page

Quote of the Day:
No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.

...the 9/11 investigation did illuminate how, a month after Bush received an intelligence brief titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," 3,000 Americans were slaughtered on his and Cheney’s watch. If the Obama administration really wants to move on from the dark Bush era, it will need a new commission, backed up by serious law enforcement, to shed light on where every body is buried.
-NY Times columnist Frank Rich, on why he thinks there needs to be full disclosure on the crimes of the Bush administration.

I couldn't agree more. If we are to learn any lessons from our immediate past, if we are to turn the page on the war crimes of our previous president and his administration, and if we are to repair the damage done to our global reputation by that administration, then we need to investigate who did what and when, and punish the appropriate individuals to the fullest extent of the law.