Friday, April 24, 2009

Not a good enough reason

White House Flunky: "The President said that given all that's on the agenda and the pressing issues facing the country [that a] backward-looking investigation would not be productive".

Okay, I understand this. There are pressing issues. There is an agenda that would, guaranteed, be hampered by an investigation. But, here's the thing: there is always going to be pressing issues. There is always going to be an agenda that you would prefer to have the focus of attention. If we adopt this principle in general, then we should never investigate any past misdeeds because it will always be (to paraphrase) "disruptive of a forward looking agenda".

It sucks, Mr. Obama, that an investigation might hamper some of your other efforts, but that is not a good enough reason not to do it. Your preferred agenda is not always going to be issue #1.

Get used to it.

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