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Best of Blogs Round-Up: February 15, 2006

Non-disclaimer: We're liberal to the core, but we include in this daily blog review the political, the social, the cultural and the undefinable from the left, the right, the in-between from all over the globe. And we're suckers for good writing regardless of ideology. Clicking the link will take you to the original post.

Featured Blog I: Cheney Gang
Keep a Coffin Handy

I have it on excellent authority that future Vice Presidential motorcades will include not only the ambulance that currently follows Mr. Cheney around wherever he weaves, but a state-of-the-art hearse in case he kills someone during recreation period and rapid removal and burial is required. The deathmobile will be driven by a young Republican chosen at random from Ken Mehlman's bobsled team. P.S. I wrote the above before the press conference where doctors informed the media that Harry Whittington had suffered a minor heart attack, and that birdshot had irritated his heart muscles. There goes Douglas Brinkley's "crack a few jokes at your expense" strategy, and it's interesting to see the tonal divisions at Fox News, where Brit Hume treated the last story last night with his usual lordly scoffing, only to run aground against the newest Fox all-star, Robert Novak, who said that this is serious and that it's troublesome for the White House because the coverup fits into the narrative of a secretive administration that feels it owes no one explanation.Read the rest...

 

Featured Blogger II: Tortured Lawyers
Department of Justice Memo Defends Cheney Shooting

Frankly, I don't understand all the fuss about Vice President Cheney's shooting of Harry Whittington. This unsigned Department of Justice Memorandum, which was slipped under my door this morning, explains it all:

Under the unitary executive theory of Article II, the President of the United States, as Commander-in-Chief, has inherent authority to shoot anyone he likes, and he may surely delegate that authority to his second in command, the Vice President of the United States. Indeed, to the extent that federal law or state tort law is to the contrary, we must read all such laws in harmony with the inherent powers of the President as head of the unitary executive in order to avoid any potential constitutional conflict. As the President himself noted in his recent signing statement to the McCain Amendment, laws that purport to limit the President's authority to use force in time of war must be construed "in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the president to supervise the unitary executive branch and as commander in chief." The Executive's ability to identify enemy combatants and apprehend or, if necessary, shoot them on the field of battle is fully recognized under the laws of war. There is no doubt that it is fully within the President's powers under the laws of war to identify enemy combatants and apprehend, or if necessary, shoot them in order to prevent them from returning to the battlefield where they may do harm to the interests of the United States. In this case, it is undisputed that Harry Whittington (if that is his *real* name) was carrying arms in close proximity to the Vice President of the United States, and, moreover, in the very same state as the President's Crawford, Texas, residence. I t was therefore completely within the Vice-President's discretion to determine that the said Whittington was an enemy combatant who posed a threat, whether real, potential, imagined or fictitious, to the national security of the United States. Media accounts do not reveal what Harry Whittington's name was before he changed it; it is entirely possible, however, that his real name is Ari Al-Whittington and that he is an Al Qaeda operative... Read the rest of the memo...

 

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