NY Times Profiles Jack Goldsmith
Great article in the New York Times profiling Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith. His book the Terror Presidency is out later this month should be a bestseller on the Foreign Affairs bestsellers list.
The article has some juicy excerpts of Goldsmith’s confrontations with David Addington. Knowing Jack Goldsmith quite well, I have every reason to believe his recounting of the facts.
Here is how Goldsmith sums up Bush’s approach to executive authority:
Bush “could have achieved all that he wanted to achieve, and put it on a firmer foundation, if he had been willing to reach out to other institutions of government.” Instead, Goldsmith said, he weakened the presidency he was so determined to strengthen. “I don’t think any president in the near future can have the same attitude toward executive power, because the other institutions of government won’t allow it,” he said softly. “The Bush administration has borrowed its power against future presidents.”
If you read anything today, read the Goldsmith profile. It will make you want to pre-order the book.