Harper's: John Yoo moves to OC
Scott Horton writes: Just as the publication of another batch of his memos—repudiated by the Bush Justice Department just as it was handing the keys over to its successor—is causing quite a stir in legal circles, John Yoo appears in an interview in the Orange County Register.
I have just a few things to say: I'll be the last person to welcome him, if ever. Yoo's arguments for drafting the memos were specious at best, and the lame statement by the Boalt Law School dean claiming his hands were tied vis-a-vis firing Yoo makes it even worse. The protests against him were not because he is a conservative, they are because he advocated destroying the separation of powers and the Bill of Rights in order to bolster a flawed and unconstitutional theory of executive power that should have died with Nixon's administration. Because of those memos, we are open to investigation by the signatory nations of the Geneva Conventions if we do not ourselves investigate the people who waged a war with no strategy and no clear goal. Because of his contempt for our legislature and international law, he has empowered the very people he sought to capture and kill.
Usually, when many people disagree with you, it's not because you are right and they're jealous. Conservatives would do very well to abandon the victim mentality that has pervaded their thinking.