America's moral authority

from Newsweek article about Chris Dodd, White-Haired Guy Gets Mad

Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg trials.

Jackson’s opening statement, delivered in a city reeking from the decomposition of 30,000 bodies still buried in the rubble, said: “That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury, stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.”

Nuremberg, says Dodd, was “the place where America’s moral authority in the second half of the 20th century was born.” That perishable resource has, he thinks, been squandered by Bush administration decisions inimical to the Constitution and international law.

Too bad there isn’t much of that moral authority left.

I don’t know much about Dodd, but he is definitely someone to watch.

Learn more…

“Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy” by Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe.