Gosh, who knew that John Yoo had gone back to work for the Obama Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, writing memos under the nom de plumes “David Barron” and “Martin Lederman.” At least those are the names, according to the lead story in today’s New York Times, of the OLC lawyers who drafted the “secret” memo that authorized the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. But look, it has to be Yoo, moonlighting just for yucks:
The memo, written last year, followed months of extensive interagency deliberations and offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to one of the most significant decisions made by President Obama — to move ahead with the killing of an American citizen without a trial.
As a thought experiment, just imagine how the Left would be reacting right now if this memo had come from the Bush Administration. It’s easy if you try. Code Pink would have turned purple with rage. Code Pink. . . oh yeah, I remember them. They used to protest our wars, didn’t they? And Cindy Sheehan? Did she die and we missed the obit? I don’t think I’ve even seen her showing up to Occupy Wall Street. She must have got swept up in the Left’s Witless Protection Program.
Just think of it as the vindication of John Yoo.
But then, Obama gets a pass since he closed down Guantanamo. . .