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Hillary Vows A Review Of Bush’s “Power Grab”

From The UK’s Guardian:

Clinton vows review of executive power

‘Absolutely’ conceivable she would give up executive powers, Democratic frontrunner tells Guardian America.

Michael Tomasky in Washington
Tuesday October 23, 2007

Hillary Clinton would launch a policy review as president with an eye towards giving up some of the executive powers accumulated by George Bush, she tells Guardian America in an interview today.

The New York senator and frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination also accuses the Bush administration’s broad brush approach to terrorism of making it harder to understand “what it is we were up against”, and expresses concerns about the attitude of the president’s nominee for attorney general to interrogation and “expansive” executive power…

On the Bush administration’s terrorism policies, Ms Clinton argued it had been a mistake to paint all terrorists with “a broad brush, which has not been particularly helpful in understanding what it is we were up against”. She said claims that terrorists hate Americans for their freedoms had not proven to be an effective diagnosis.

“I believe that terrorism is a tool that has been utilised throughout history to achieve certain objectives. Some have been ideological, others territorial. There are personality-driven terroristic objectives.

“They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning.”

The Guardian has a link to the full interview, for those masochists amongst us.

Meanwhile our watchdog media is breathlessly reporting that Hillary has pledged to renounce some executive powers once she is installed. (As if that would ever happen.)

For instance, here is the headline about this interview from the DNC’s CBS News:

Clinton Says She’d Give Up Some Powers

Sen. Clinton Would Consider Giving Up Some Executive Authority If Elected President

But Mrs. Clinton was (surprise, surprise) simply trying to attack Mr. Bush:

Well, I think it is clear that the power grab undertaken by the Bush-Cheney administration has gone much further than any other president and has been sustained for longer.

Other presidents, like Lincoln, have had to take on extraordinary powers but would later go to the Congress for either ratification or rejection. But when you take the view that they’re not extraordinary powers, but they’re inherent powers that reside in the office and therefore you have neither obligation to request permission nor to ask for ratification, we’re in a new territory here.

And I think that I’m gonna have to review everything they’ve done because I’ve been on the receiving end of that. There were a lot of actions which they took that were clearly beyond any power the Congress would have granted or that in my view that was inherent in the constitution.

There were other actions they’ve taken which could have obtained congressional authorization but they deliberately chose not to pursue it as a matter of principle.

Meanwhile, does anyone have any idea what madam means by:

And I think that I’m gonna have to review everything they’ve done because I’ve been on the receiving end of that.

Or is she just being paranoid, as usual?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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