Today, even more proof that elections have consequences: the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged abuse of prisoners by CIA interrogators.
This investigation – requested by the CIA in 2004 – was rejected by John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez, no doubt under orders from Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.
But today we have a new Attorney General who understands that his job is enforcing the law, and not covering up for the White House.
And we have a new CIA Director who understands that even in time of war officers of the United States must act in accordance with the law.
To be complete, of course, this investigation must look into not only what abuses might have been carried out by CIA personnel, but who gave the orders – no matter how up.
Meanwhile, its very beginning sends a strong message both home and abroad.
To Americans, it says that no government bureaucrat is above the law.
To the world, it says that the United States is a nation of laws they can count on – and no longer a rogue nation they can’t trust.
That’s my parting shot for today.