By Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
Republicans will deeply regret the confirmation of Eric Holder as Attorney General. During his confirmation hearings, Holder declared without hesitation, “Waterboarding is torture.” This should have terrified Republican senators because it was a sure signal to the left-wing blogosphere that they are going to enjoy four years of show trials.
Torture is a crime and Holder will prosecute President Bush and other officials for condoning it. Republicans should have jumped on his comments and opposed Holder’s nomination for these dangerous views on what constitutes torture in the fight against terrorism.
Republicans tried to pressure Mr. Holder to promise not to prosecute, but he clearly refused saying, “No one is above the law.” By “no one,” he meant President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and any other top Bush administration officials who authorized waterboarding. Or, as Keith Olbermann at MSNBC calls it, the “Bush System of Torture.”