Until last week, legal experts doubted George W. Bush, or anyone in his administration, would face criminal charges after his presidency finished.
But, revelations that top Bush administration officials participated in explicit conversations in the White House regarding torture techniques to be used on suspected terrorists have these experts taking a second look.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama has promised he would have his justice department investigate the Bush administration for war crimes — but seeks a balance between pursuing justice and orchestrating a finger-pointing circus. Obama said,
What I would want to do is to have my Justice Department and my Attorney General immediately review the information that's already there and to find out are there inquiries that need to be pursued. I can't prejudge that because we don't have access to all the material right now. I think that you are right, if crimes have been committed, they should be investigated. You're also right that I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt because I think we've got too many problems we've got to solve.
So what do you think? Should the country move on, and let the commuted Scooter Libby be the sole (symbolic) legal casualty of Bush's scandals? Are investigations even necessary?