Wednesday, July 9, 2008

More Dire Predictions!

James Ross at Salon is getting in on the startling prediction fun noting:

... So don't be surprised if some time before Inauguration Day 2009, President George W. Bush issues a blanket presidential pardon to ensure that those who organized and implemented brutal interrogation techniques such as "waterboarding" (a terrifying simulated drowning) are never hauled before the courts. A pardon would prevent future administrations from ever prosecuting those responsible for torture and other mistreatment at Guantánamo Bay and secret CIA detention facilities elsewhere overseas

... It would, however, be the first preemptive pardon in U.S. history for war crimes. And because of his own possible criminal role in approving the torture program, Bush effectively would be granting a self-pardon -- something Nixon seriously considered but no president has ever done.

Of course, it would be utterly surprising if the President did such a thing. But, no, Ross expects it, and will not be surprised at all when it happens. So, let's put our thinking caps on: when nothing of the kind does happen, what does that say about the analytical abilities of Mr. Ross? Meanwhile, compare waterboarding to the crimes Tomoya Kawakita was pardoned for and see what you come up with. See the Ross silliness here.

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