Broder has jumped something:
The shark? Well, not that exactly, but he's clearly decided to embrace the torture issue
and basically ignore the law and frame the issue as one of petty emotions:
[Those calling for investigation and prosecution of torture] are looking for individual scalps -- or, at least, careers and reputations.
Their argument is that without identifying and punishing the perpetrators, there can be no accountability -- and therefore no deterrent lesson for future administrations. It is a plausible-sounding rationale, but it cloaks an unworthy desire for vengeance.
Obama should use all the influence of his office to stop the retroactive search for scapegoats.
[Performing investigations will lead to] endless political warfare.
Hilzoy has some apt observations
. This column by Broder is going to be one that people will remember, and be critical of, for a long time.
RELATED: Taylor Marsh has a great blog post title: David Broder Joins Peggy Noonan’s Keep Walkin’ Campaign
ALSO: At no point in Broder's essay does he mention violation of the law.
I was curious to find out Mr. Broder's age; he's 79...and will turn 80 on 9/11/09.