Today’s column by Paul Krugman, Forgive and Forget? is a must-read.
Now, it’s true that a serious investigation of Bush-era abuses would make Washington an uncomfortable place, both for those who abused power and those who acted as their enablers or apologists. And these people have a lot of friends. But the price of protecting their comfort would be high: If we whitewash the abuses of the past eight years, we’ll guarantee that they will happen again.
Law is not just for the people underneath. Accountability is necessary or the entire society is corrupted.
But an investigation into the corruption of the Bush administration isn’t just about holding wrongdoers accountable. We also owe it to the rest of the world to reflect on how this happened, and to take steps to assure them that it won’t happen again.
Speaking of happening again, just why would an Obama administration resist holding those at the top accountable?