There have been plenty of articles urging prosecutions for torture done under the Bush administration. I've said it myself. But here's something I haven't heard discussed: The GOP would already have started prosecutions if it had been a Democratic administration that had incontrivertable proof of serious legal violations. That's not because the GOP cares more about the rule of law. That's because the GOP knows how to ruthlessly exploit power for political gain.
Look at how they went after Clinton. As soon as they had the tiniest of legal openings - a possible charge of perjury in a civil case about a blow job, they pounced and tried to impeach the president. Does anyone seriously doubt that if, after a new GOP administration came to power and had solid evidence of serious crimes against the previous Democratic administration, there wouldn't be wall to wall coverage on Fox News of how horrid this was combined with actual prosecutions of everyone involved, along with a smearing (perhaps deserved) of every single Democratic member of Congress who might have known about it and failed to stop it?
I have no doubt. Because the GOP knows how to ruthlessly exploit power for their own personal gains. It wouldn't matter that there would probably have been some GOP in congress implicated - the GOP Justice Department would only prosecute Democrats - as it pretty much did under Bush - and they'd get away with that too. As they pretty much did under Bush. Because they know how to ruthlessly exploit power and also play the media like a fiddle.
So the lack of prosecutions is truly pathetic and it just shows how weak the Democratic party is at exercising real power. They are afraid of their own shadows and totally buying into the threat of a GOP dominated media machine that will paint any prosecutions as somehow retribution - as if following the law is retribution. It is just so infuriating.
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