Are we going to need a South Africa-style truth commission to find the facts and clear the air after Bush-era war crimes? To me it more and more looks like that will be the case:
But I’m basically pessimistic that anyone will be held accountable for anything at all. The relevance precedent is probably Iran-Contra where the guilty parties just . . . came back into government a bit later and anyone who mentioned that they were crooks was dismissed as shrill. I recall that during the telecom immunity fight the Washington Post specifically denounced immunity opponents on the grounds that they were interested in “using the tools of discovery to dislodge information about what the administration actually did.” Can’t have people know what happened!