In a way, the article is the same old same old. The Bush administration has committed "war crimes" and we should all be positively frightened by the fact that he might grant a super-duper-preemptive-blanket-Nixonian-Rove inspired (and, of course, unprecedented) pardon. True to the template, the piece says not a word about key Democratic leaders (including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi) who have confessed to having full knowledge of these "war crimes" and are guilty of having given them tacit approval all along the way ... until an election came along, that is.
But the original slander/doomsday scenario was simply not shocking enough for those who have a taste for such. Boredom comes easy when looking at thin clouds. So, a more spectacular scenario had to be devised. Bush resigns from the presidency on January 19th and Dick Cheney is sworn in. Cheney then pardons Bush (and himself? because Bush is too afraid to do that?) and everyone who has anything to do with these "war crimes." Of course, the new version also fails to mention Democratic leadership. A well-respected presidential scholar recently described this new scenario sarcastically, as "science fiction."
Now, the final days of the term approach. No one has anything like a compelling reason to expect that Bush will grant these "despicable" pardons. The choir is bored. It is time to ramp up the fantasy. To the rescue is Joe Klein of Time, who writes, in part:
If Barack Obama really wanted to be cagey, he could pardon Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for the possible commission of war crimes. Then they'd have to live with official acknowledgment of their ignominy in perpetuity.Anyone who was critical of those who suggested Bush should have pardoned Bill Clinton can now send out the apologies. See Time's yellow journalism here.