Quote for the Day III

"President Bush exercised the powers of the imperial presidency to the utmost in the area in which those powers are already at their height — in our dealings with foreign nations. Unfortunately, the record of the administration has not been a happy one, in light of its costs to the Constitution and the American legal system. On a series of different international relations matters, such as war, international institutions, and treaties, President Bush has accelerated the disturbing trends in foreign policy that undermine notions of democratic accountability and respect for the rule of law."

Who said this? Me? Marty Lederman? Bob Barr? Al Gore? Nah. It's John Yoo, the architect of George W. Bush's torture and rendition policies, the man who believes it's ok not just to waterboard and beat detainees but to crush the testicles of their children, if the president deems it necessary for national security. But a confession: I changed one word throughout the quote. Yoo is describing Bill Clinton, not George W. Bush. How soon they change.