Monday, October 30, 2006

The Shame of Berkeley

In the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani paints accurate portrait of John "Screw" Yoo, the intellectual lightweight who sits, steaming, on the seat cushion of the Edwin Meese Chair for Unconsitutional Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law:

One of his favorite tactics in this book is to create a ridiculous caricature of administration critics' views and then dismiss them. For instance, he writes: "A Geneva Convention POW camp is supposed to look like the World War II camps seen in movies like 'Stalag 17' or 'The Great Escape.' But because Gitmo does not look like this, critics automatically declare that detainees' human rights are being violated."

Uh, that's Ronnie Reagan who confused World War II camps with the movies, not the Administration's critics.

Instead, he has written a book that reads like a combination of White House talking points and a partisan brief on presidential prerogatives -- a book that is strewn with preposterous assertions, contorted reasoning and illogical conclusions. He writes that "because of our aggressive policies post 9/11, al Qaeda is no longer the threat it was." He suggests that might makes right: "At this moment in world history the United States' conduct should bear the most weight in defining the customs of war. Our defense budget is greater than the defense spending of the next fifteen nations combined."

And that's been working so well, too.

Maybe Berkeley can save its next professorships for Mark Levin and Larry Klayman.


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