Coercing the JAGs

The White House's last gambit to legalize war crimes was to force the military lawyers to sign a letter disowning their previous opposition to the Bush administration military tribunal and Geneva-breach proposal. The kind of political pressure being applied to the professional military by this administration is breath-taking and shameless. These people are beyond belief. Lindsey Graham is rightly furious. Every tactic this Bush-Cheney crew has deployed to retain the right to torture detainees reveals a president as ruthless and scruple-free as he is incompetent. It's a toxic brew. Here's a critical interchange on the issue from Tony Snow's presser today. The JAG's letter can be read here.

(Hat tip: Josh.)