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DAVIS: Bill Clinton: Obama Made The Right Call On Torture Memos.. "This Isn't Nuremberg"

Democrats Sticking Together...

Democrats don't have a McCain that will cross over and criticize their own party...
washingtontimes.com
Lanny Davis:..."My phone rang and it was former President Bill Clinton, whom I first met in fall 1970, a few months after I graduated from Yale Law School.
The purpose of the call was actually to thank me for sending him a copy of son Seth's recently published book, "When March Went Mad," on the 1979 NCAA championship game between Magic Johnson's Michigan State and Larry Bird's Indiana State. "

"We then talked about the issue of Mr. Obama's decision to release the Justice Department's torture memos and whether to prosecute the interrogators, the lawyers or the policymakers who approved these techniques. What is most interesting is the way a former president analyzes presidential decision-making - and how he appreciated, from recent detailed news reports, how Mr. Obama made these difficult decisions."
He was pretty sure that Mr. Obama started with the assumption that these intelligence community interrogators were patriots doing their jobs, that it must have been difficult for them, but they did what they did because they were told it was legal and needed to be done.

"This isn't Nuremberg, he(Clinton) said - it isn't about orders to kill people, and people who make that comparison to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust are wrong. This is also a completely different context - post-9/11 - he continued, but that doesn't justify torture."
Davis: "Mr. Clinton seemed to admire Mr. Obama's ability see the nuances, to try to think through all ramifications of all possible answers: Criminal prosecution to uphold the law against torture strictly would set a good precedent that administrations will be held accountable for lawbreaking, no matter what. On the other hand, it might set a bad precedent, a slippery slope from a valid criminal prosecution morphing into misuse of the criminal justice system against a prior administration for partisan purposes.

It's a good feeling to hear a former president whom I admire so much - whom I truly believe history will judge as a great president, and who left office after two terms with a 65 percent approval rating -" telling me that we're in good hands with our new president in such perilous times."