Hypocrisy: Not the Change We Need

Jonathan Turley points out some potential hypocrisy in the Obama administration.

In a striking departure from the Bush Administration, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, called for an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Israel in the recent Gaza fighting. While correctly noting such violations by Hamas, Rice noted that there are now credible accounts that need to be investigated. The question is now whether the Administration will apply the same standard to the investigation and prosecution of war crimes that are now clearly identified in the Bush Administration involving an official torture program.

I’m pleased to see a more balanced approach to Israel (on this, see Glenn Greenwald) and the allegations of the use of white phosphorus by the Israelis is disturbing. However, I’d be more pleased to see us address the war criminals at home before we tackle them abroad.