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10.2.09

They're not even trying

So today the Obama administration announced that it's going to review the Bush administration's use of the "state secrets" privilege to cover up its crimes. What we're meant to take away from this, of course, is that Bush's people abused this power and the new administration is going to bring some integrity to the process. So what, do you think, did Obama's lawyers do today in a high profile court case? If you guessed "invoke state secrets in a blatantly Bushian way," congratulations!

I'm happy to take a "wait and see" approach to campaign promises like economic stimulus, withdrawal from Iraq, or health care reform, where it takes more than a few weeks to get the a new policy up and running. But if you're promising a new direction, you don't keep pushing harder in the old direction.

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