4 posts: (1) Energy Facts or Green Fantasies?--"It's the Earth Stupid!"; (2) Smart Grid: How Smart? How Vulnerable?--"It's the Earth Stupid!"; (3) School Non-Choice; Student Non-Teach: Obama Educracy's Meanest Hour--The Home Front; (4) Managing Nuclear Matters--9/11, 3/11 &N/11. N.B., The swine flu is now a pandemic (officially defined as an epidemic that causes human deaths in two or more countries), and a fast-g news target. Yesterday's LFTC includes my posting on the issue, as well as Obama's first 100 days. Materials from the panel discussion at the University of Miami yesterday, in which I participated, will be posted when available.
Revenge will be exacted for revenge, the costs of government service will escalate, mobilizing cross-party support will become practically impossible for any important action and the political life of the American republic will take another step toward the play-for-keeps destructiveness of the last days of the Roman republic.
It's a nightmare future. Let's banish the possibility now. President Obama needs to do three things: - If he wants an investigation, he should follow the precedent of the 9/11 commission, whose mission was confined to fact-finding only. - He should declare unambiguously now: There will be no prosecutions, period. - He must serve notice on the European allies: Attempts in Europe to engage in local proceedings against Americans for official acts during their service in government will be regarded as unfriendly acts for which costs will be exacted across the full spectrum of government-to-government relations.
Obama's promises of unity and change could have meant -- could still mean -- a departure away from the tit-for-tat use of law as a weapon of politics of the previous generation. If however it turns out to mean an escalation of the use of law, be warned: This is one escalation that will not soon be de-escalated.
Proof of what will happen comes from an article by Stephen Hayes, ex-VP Dick Cheney's biographer, quoting Cheney himself as to why he is speaking out in public now:
I went through the Iran-contra hearings and watched the way administration officials ran for cover and left the little guys out to dry. And I was bound and determined that wasn't going to happen this time. I think to George Tenet's credit--I don't agree with George on a lot of stuff--but I think he was of the same view and that's why we had all of these requests coming through for policy guidance and for legal opinions. And this time around I'll do my damndest to defend anybody out there--be they in the agency carrying out the orders or the lawyers who wrote the opinions. I don't know whether anybody else will, but I sure as hell will.The Framers Speak: Against Purist Constitutionalism. Like Lincoln & FDR, the Framers understood the limits of Constitutions: Writing in Federalist 41 James Madison--whose leading role at the 1787 Philadelphia Grand Convention earned him the sobriquet "Father of the Constitution--stated: