Since John Yoo played a prominent role helping to institutionalize torture during the Bush Administration, it's no surprise that he objects when other people who were complicit in that immoral and illegal behavior are stigmatized. His latest post at National Review laments the fact that the person chosen to head the CIA's clandestine service -- the first woman ever tapped for the job -- may not get it after all. As the Washington Post described the controversy, "She is a veteran officer with broad support inside the agency. But she also helped run the CIA's detention and interrogation program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and signed off on the 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of prisoners being subjected to treatment critics have called torture." Remember that?
You can see the contours of disagreement: Yoo thinks this woman is "the most qualified person for the job," and should be appointed; her critics think her past behavior was immoral, illegal, and disqualifying.
That's why I find the line of argument Yoo pursues so hilarious. "This is a lot more serious than the hypocrisy of the diversity-crazed Obama administration's blocking the first woman for this most sensitive and important of intelligence positions," he writes. "This is the very politicization of the CIA that conservatives feared when Brennan was nominated ... because of the heat from the Left during his confirmation, Brennan is blocking the most qualified operative to head the CIA's key division because of her involvement in interrogations. Clearly, diversity only goes so far for the Left."