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John Yoo Takes Credit for ‘Saving’ Obama Presidency

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Posted on Feb 24, 2010
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John Yoo’s Op-Ed in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, in which he says he helped save Barack Obama’s presidency by “winning a drawn-out fight to protect his powers as commander in chief to wage war and keep Americans safe,” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then this is the dingbat who gave the legal thumbs up to torture.

[Via James Atkinson, whose brilliant headline on this story is: “War Criminal to USA: ‘you’re welcome’ ”]

John Yoo in the Wall Street Journal:

Why bother fighting off an administration hell-bent on finding scapegoats for its policy disagreements with the last president? I could have easily decided to hide out, as others have. Instead, I wrote numerous articles (several published in this newspaper) and three books explaining and defending presidential control of national security policy. I gave dozens of speeches and media appearances, where I confronted critics of the administration’s terrorism policies. And, most importantly, I was lucky to receive the outstanding legal counsel of Miguel Estrada, one of the nation’s finest defense attorneys, to attack head-on and without reservation, each and every one of OPR’s mistakes, misdeeds and acts of malfeasance.

I did not do this to win any popularity contests, least of all those held in the faculty lounge. I did it to help our president—President Obama, not Bush. Mr. Obama is fighting three wars simultaneously in Iraq, Afghanistan, and against al Qaeda. He will call upon the men and women serving under his command to make choices as hard as the ones we faced. They cannot meet those challenges with clear minds if they believe that a bevy of prosecutors, congressional committees and media critics await them when they return from the battlefield.

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By Scotty_Mack, February 25, 2010 at 10:51 am Link to this comment

Waterboard Yoo! He says it’s OK…

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By mrfreeze, February 25, 2010 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

Two words: fascist scum

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By paulocal, February 25, 2010 at 3:39 am Link to this comment


Is among the newer breed of young politicos who come to DC “on the make.” They are all “bottom feeders, who check their integrity at the door, and thus will do anything unethical to have their fifteen minutes of fame.

Yoo is just another in the grand tradition of Linda Chavez, Clarence Thomas, and Condoleeza Rice, etc. Do you notice a pattern here? They are all “wannabe whites.”

Jesus, how screwed up is this country? What happened to principles and integrity? Will John Yoo please just crawl back into his hole. He’s done enough damage to the U.S. reputation. This guy should be, not in, but under the jail.

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By marcus medler, February 25, 2010 at 12:06 am Link to this comment

His words are nonsense, he is trying to save his
a^^. He is close to losing his license.  Mr.Yoo is
one who thinks “networking” is more important
for a lawyer, than professional fidelity.(adherence
to the law)

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By ofersince72, February 24, 2010 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

Well ,,,thank you so much…....

Mr. yoo who… please answer this constitutional
question for me.

Will the mandates on the health care reform bill
when passed into law…
Will they pass the Supreme Court????
or will they be deemed unconstitutional???
and if so
where will that leave us in health care?????

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By Vic Anderson, February 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment
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Only because Obama’s the titular bottom of the NAPPYS (No Account President
and Party of Yoo’re Screwed), America!

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