Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Thought On Hamdan

I'm going to leave the legal subtleties to others.

Instead, I want to note the lead defense attorney on the case. His name is Charles Swift and he is a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy.

It seemed a bit odd to see a man in dress blues standing in front of the Supreme Court talking about winning a case against the current administration. Swift was gracious with none of the usual lawyerly hubris that accompanies these circuses.

Even more striking was the comments by Swift after the press conference. Interviewed by a CNN reporter, he was asked his feelings about arguing a case essentially against his superior, the commander in chief, in the chain of command.

Swift pointed out that it had happened several times in history and that he was, like President Bush, bound to defend the Constitution. He concluded by emphasizing that his participation and a peaceful resolution to a difficult problem exemplified the beauty of our system.

Amen, Commander Swift.

These are cynical times and it's easy to see only the difficulties. In the midst of all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, it is important to remember that despite all its flaws, our form of government is still the best anyone has ever devised.


Anonymous said...

it seems to me that when you say our government is the best anyone has devised. You are implying that this form of government has few flaws. I find it strange that you do not elect the president but you elect this bogus thing called the electoral college. At any time local state governments can change the borders of the constituencies and alter the balance of power. There are many flaws in that statement and I'm sure if you asked a leading chinese diplomat which government system was best you would certainly have a different answer

griftdrift said...

Actually, if you read my post again, you will see that I acknowledge flaws. We certainly have flaws and we strive continuously to be better. But if someone wishes to claim a better form of government, I would just politely disagree.