Monday, January 5, 2009

The Raw Story | Cheney: Bush's actions legal if not impeached

"If you don't get punished, you didn't go anything wrong, right?

That's the message Vice President Dick Cheney gave in an interview with CBS' Bob Schieffer on Sunday, suggesting that a president's actions are legal if those actions didn't result in his impeachment.

Asked by Schieffer if he believed that anything the president does in time of war is legal, Cheney said there is 'historic precedent of taking action that you wouldn't take in peacetime.'"

Let's take this hyena's argument at face value. If an illegal action (or more than one) is taken and not prosecuted to resolution (dismissal or punishment), the action remains illegal (against the law), but its consequences--what the law needs to be and remain enforced--are nullified; therefore the law is also nullified. I could be splitting hairs here, but isn't a nullified law the same as acceptance of the once-illegal action(s) as legal, if only in the sense that no prosecution and/or punishment are to be attached to them?

So no, Dick, if you don't get punished, it's not that you "didn't do anything wrong": you most certainly did. What it does mean is that the will and integrity needed to enforce the law and punish your skanky-whore ass opted to pass rather than act. And that makes two wrongs, which We know--or should know--never make a right.

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