Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Decency of Discretion

One should not be so naive as to imagine that political calculations will not enter into policy considerations, but elected officials should at least have the decency to be discreet about it. Open conversation by political consultants and Congressmen about how the Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo detainees can be "used" for political advantage is disgusting to a general public that would prefer to believe that at least occasionally considerations of what would be the best policy prevail. The noxious Machiavellian fumes should remain enclosed in the smoke filled rooms of Washington.

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