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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Barack Obama Plans War Crimes Trials (A Power Grab In The Making?)

Robert Mugabe must certainly be proud of Barack Obama, especially after the Dem nominee made certain statements in an interview with Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News.

If what he said and what he implied doesn't scare you, then Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot and any number of other petty dictators must be among your personal heroes.

From Thomas Lifson and the American Thinker:

Barack Obama's plan for imposing unity on the nation after he takes office apparently entails a close look at war crimes trials for Bush administration officials. He has even said so in an interview with Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News.

This kind of change -- putting your predecessors on trial for their conduct of policy -- may not be what most Americans really want or expect from someone with Obama's gauzy rhetoric of unity. But unity has a dark side in the hands of people who regard their opponents as criminals. America has two centuries-plus of history lacking the totalitarian practice of jailing the predecessors when a new president takes office.

This is the sort of proposal one might expect from a man steeped in Marxism at his church, from his friends like Ayers, and as a member of the Alinsky Left.

Here is what Obama said in the interview:

What I would want to do is to have my Justice Department and my Attorney General immediately review the information that's already there and to find out are there inquiries that need to be pursued. I can't prejudge that because we don't have access to all the material right now. I think that you are right, if crimes have been committed, they should be investigated. You're also right that I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt because I think we've got too many problems we've got to solve.

So this is an area where I would want to exercise judgment -- I would want to find out directly from my Attorney General -- having pursued, having looked at what's out there right now -- are there possibilities of genuine crimes as opposed to really bad policies. And I think it's important-- one of the things we've got to figure out in our political culture generally is distinguishing between really dumb policies and policies that rise to the level of criminal activity. Left.

Man! That is a loophole so big you could drive a truck through it! What kind of precedent would be established if newly sworn-in Presidents suddenly began jailing their predecessors simply because they have a difference of policy?

We've seen things like this before, all in third-world petty dictatorships. It all comes down to the incoming President making a power grab. Unfortunately for Obama, he is so detached from reality that if he manages to get elected and pulls something like this, it will start a civil war. As Lifson noted above, we are one of the few nations that have 200 plus year of peaceful tranfers of power.

Anyone here still planning on staying home this Election Day?

You can access the complete article on-line here:

What Kind Of War Crimes Trials Does Obama Plan? (updated)
Thomas Lifson
The American Thinker
June 9, 2008

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