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  •  I had another thought (20+ / 0-)

    It occurs to me that possibly Obama is hedging because if he goes on camera right now, and starts charging around about how his DOJ is going to hunt down and prosecute every single war criminal in the Administration, that's far more likely to produce pre-emptive pardons by the current preznit, which he can pass of as a defensive maneuver.  OTOH, if Obama is low-key and circumspect, Bush has a harder time doing pre-emptive pardons and still make it look good.  I mean, if they didn't do anything, why pardon them?  That's kind of an admission of guilt--which perhaps could be taken into account by the Hague?  I don't know--I'm not an international/war crimes type lawyer.

    So, maybe he's just doing this to reduce somewhat the chances of pre-emptive pardons.

    Maybe I'm talking out of my buttocks here, but that was my thought.

    •  I meant to say, (2+ / 0-)
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      freakofsociety, pascal

      "which he can pass OFF as a defensive maneuver," not "pass OF."  Oopsie.

    •  Change We Still Hope We Can Believe In (3+ / 0-)
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      freakofsociety, pascal, classico

      Yes.

      What you see is what you get, but what you don't see is what ends up getting you.

      by Existentialist on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 04:54:02 AM PST

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    •  Agreed. Don't forget that Obama plays poker, (11+ / 0-)

      not SNAP!

      Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. -Adams

      by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 05:18:01 AM PST

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    •  Also, need to portray to outside world a smooth (1+ / 0-)
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      transition that doesn't signal any capitulation or rash changes of direction.  Obama taking office can't be an event viewed as an opportunity by world actors to try to advance or change their role in global game without the US being fully engaged.  We'd not want this to be an opportunity which might lead to China landing troops in Taiwan, another Bhurma uprising, more coups in Africa, bin Laden attacking the Sears Tower or O'Hare airport in Chicago, etc.  

      Wait, O'Hare already has major delays, cancellations, reroutes, lost baggage, hours spent on tarmack, or circling in queue, serious security line delays, and is generally frustrating to most passengers--so maybe that'd be a waste of time as a terrorist target.  We should probably sell the Sears Tower to a rich Dubai firm, so it gets serious security.  And messing with any Chicago sports facility, heh, that'd be asking for retaliation that'd go on for generations.  Although the concept of putting multiple generations of Cubs fans out of their misery on opening day has an odd appeal.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 10:23:18 AM PST

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