America’s Khmer Rouge: N.Y. Times and Frank Rich

If you’d like a glimpse at the American version of Khmer Rouge and the ruthless purge of Pol Pot, one need look no further than this column by Frank Rich in the New York Times. As last week I jokingly put forward that if the left wanted to right the wrongs of America, they’d need to start way earlier than the alleged "torture" memos for Jay Bybee. They’d need to dig up the corpses of FDR Democrats long dead, prop them up in a New York courthouse, and try them for criminally imprisoning Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Some of the left were all over that joke, saying it would be a damn good idea.

Now comes Frank Rich finishing his Sunday column with this paragraph:

"President Obama can talk all he wants about not looking back, but this grotesque past is bigger than even he is. It won’t vanish into a memory hole any more than Andersonville, World War II internment camps or My Lai. The White House, Congress and politicians of both parties should get out of the way. We don’t need another commission. We don’t need any Capitol Hill witch hunts. What we must have are fair trials that at long last uphold and reclaim our nation’s commitment to the rule of law."

This is a stunning overreach. Now not only are the Bybee memos "torture," they belong in the same sentence with Japanese internment and the My Lai massacre.

Maybe impeachment isn’t good enough. Maybe he should also be jailed and executed. And guys like me who still think that opinion given in good faith is protected need to go to a re-education camp.

Of course, what I really need to do is stop giving the American left any more ideas. Last time I ventured a facetious overreach, the American left jumped all over it as good idea. Now Frank Rich embraces it and actually equates the Bybee memos to My Lai.


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