NYT Mag on Torture-Memo Author John Yoo: Aw, Ain't He Cute?
|But also sorta cute?|
In fact, one could make the case that Solomon lets her subject dial up the affability a tad high for the interests of a serious reading public, comparing him in a question to former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and cracking jokes about his psychiatrist parents. "She was much closer to the president than I ever was," Yoo quips in response to the Lewinsky prod.
Yoo also gets off scot-free on the question of his responsibility for the shameful practice of torture by American officials under the last administration, peddling what is by now a shopworn excuse: that he was a lawyer ethically serving his client, the U.S. government. (In fact, many legal experts assert that Justice Department lawyers had a duty to deliver an impartial judgment on the legality of proposed interrogation practices, and put the brakes on hot-to-trot administration hardliners.)
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