Thursday, March 5, 2009

Quote of the Day

David Rivkin, a lawyer who served in the Reagan and Bush administrations, says that there’s no need for a truth commission:

Yes, mistakes were made. Yes, some bad things happened. But compared with the historical baseline of past wars, the conduct of the United States in the past eight years … has been exemplary.

Hey, compared to Pol Pot, we were angels!

Note the use of the passive voice — “mistakes were made” — which is the typical lawyer tactic of admitting guilt without actually admitting it. And trotting out the old false-equivalency argument — Clinton got a blow job, therefore it was okay to invade Iraq — is the last refuge of the truly craven.