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11th January
2009
written by Sean Noble

Redstate.com is one of the premiere conservative blogs in the nation. It is run by Erick Erickson, a Georgia-based, southern gentleman who happens to be one of the smarter guys in the movement.  He had a very interesting post on Sunday entitled “Screw Obama: Pardon Everybody.”

Now, I’m not a lawyer, but it seems a little odd that Bush would (or even could) pardon someone who may have committed a crime for which there has been no formal investigation, charge, indictment or conviction.

I completely agree with Erick that Obama’s posture on our intelligence gathering operations and war agenda are potentially very dangerous to our nation.

However, the claim that one of Obama’s first acts is going to investigate President Bush and his administration for war crimes is off base.  Yes, I know that Obama and his AG nominee, Eric Holder have said various things in the last couple years that would give people a reason to jump to that conclusion, but let’s look at the reality.

On Sunday’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Stephanopoulos pressed Obama hard on this issue.  While Obama didn’t explicitly say, “No, I’m not going to investigate Bush” he did repeatedly talk about looking forward and moving forward.  He really couldn’t say “no” because he is already having real trouble from the nutcase leftwing of his party.  Some are planning to protest his inauguration, others are really, really unhappy that Pastor Rick Warren is giving a prayer at the inauguration.

I would be willing to bet two Italians at Ted’s Hot Dogs (the best dogs on earth) that Obama doesn’t ever come close to doing anything that would resemble an investigation of war crimes by the Bush administration.  He is too smart, and too ambitious to create the massive national firestorm that would erupt from doing so.  Additionally, Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is THE smartest Democrat operative in the nation.  He knows that the United States is still a center-right nation, and he doesn’t want to lose too many Democrat-held House and Senate seats in 2010 nor the White House in 2012.

My prediction is that we will continue to hear the perpetual whining of the crazy left for the next four years, because Obama is going to play it relatively safe.  If he then wins re-election in 2012, well, that’s when we should be afraid… very afraid…

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  1. 12/01/2009

    Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are not the sharpest people ever to obtain national leadership, but both were too smart to let the last two years be taken over by payback investigations of the Bush administration. I happen to believethat Obama will be the second coming of Jimmy Carter, but he is much smarter than Pelosi or Reid and understands that devoting his first two years to investigating Bush would be political suicide. Under the best of circumstances, the 2010 elections look tough for him and going down this path would make things much worse. He doesn’t rule it out categorically solely to appease the DailyKos, moveon.org lunatics that have obtained way too much influence in his party. By the same token, mass pardons might sound good to some among the Republican elite who had Scooter Libby and his wife over for drinks last Thursday, but the media would run with it (“A THOUSAND TIMES WORSE THAN MARC RICH!!!!”) and it would further damage a party that has already taken too many shots in the last four years.

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