If the president does it…

Condoleezza Rice explains the concept of monarchy to a fourth grader:

“Let me just say that President Bush was very clear that he wanted to do everything he could to protect the country. After September 11, we wanted to protect the country,” she said. “But he was also very clear that we would do nothing, nothing, that was against the law or against our obligations internationally. So the president was only willing to authorize policies that were legal in order to protect the country. …

Well, isn’t that a relief! Last week at Stanford, according to the article, Rice told students this: “And so, by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture.”

Gosh — where have we heard that one before?

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