President Barack Obama "elaborated" Tuesday on his position regarding possible criminal investigations arising from recently-released Bush administration "torture memos:"
OBAMA: The OLC memos that were released reflected in my view us losing our moral bearings. ... For those who carried out some of these operations within the four corners of legal opinions or guidance that had been provided from the White House, I do not think it's appropriate for them to be prosecuted. With respect to those who formulated those legal decisions, I would say that is going to be more of a decision for the Attorney General within the parameters of various laws, and I don't want to prejudge that.
Let's just call this a modest, preliminary step in the right direction.
My radar, however, tells me that the Obama Administration may now simply blame the lawyers for this entire torture mess, and suggest that the buck ought to stop there.
It must not.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto