Walking And Chewing Gum

John Judis doesn't have time to enforce the rule of law:

 I have a nagging worry that the eagerness of some Democrats in Congress and some activist organizations to press for what would be months and even years of inquiries and investigations into Bush-era war crimes is due in part to an eagerness to divert themselves, and us,  from the seemingly insoluble problems we face in the present, which require every minute of attention from the White House and Congress. The past can wait.

The rule of law is never a past issue. It is always present. But I see no reason why a mature democracy cannot both investigate its own failures while addressing its current problems.