This is hard to believe. Steve Benen lays it out:
“The administration has fought tooth and nail for four years to say Common Article 3 does not apply to Al Qaeda,” Martin Lederman, a former Justice Department official, said. “Having lost that fight, I’m afraid they’re now saying, ‘Never mind, we’ve been in compliance with Article 3 all along.’ ”
With these areas of ambiguity, it’d be helpful to know whether the administration was right before, or right now. The answer: Bush is right — always.
As Congress opened hearings yesterday on the treatment of terrorism detainees, the Bush administration’s view was neatly summarized by Steven Bradbury, the Justice Department lawyer serving as lead witness. “The president,” Bradbury said, “is always right.”
I think everybody can agree that government cannot work when the president’s chief legal advisors amount to little more than a band of worshipful yes-men.