In the history of bad ideas, columnist Eugene Robinson’s call for a “truth commission” has to be one of the worst (1/25, Opinion, “Light must be shined on truth about torture”).
The idea that any group picked by a Congress dominated by one party could derive the “truth” about anything is laughable and sets a frightening precedent. Americans know how elastic the truth is in Washington.
This is an attempt to persecute political rivals (unlike Mr. Robinson, not all those calling for such a commission are opposed to prosecuting people from the Bush administration). Now that they are in power, the Democrats want to convince the American public that most of the policies of the Bush years were morally wrong. This is classic banana republic: Take power and vilify and jail your predecessor so you can stay in power forever.
Many Americans supported Bush’s efforts to fight terrorism. Apparently in the new Democratic America, there is no room for that sort of wrong opinion, only the truth according a congressional commission.
President Obama should squelch this movement ASAP and address our pressing problems.
Americans are sick of having their interests take a backseat to the two political parties’ election ambitions.