Wittes’ Law and the Long War: Wise Counsel for the Age of Terror (If That’s What We’re In)
Here’s my review in the New York Obsever of Benjamin Wittes’ new book, Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror. The book is a must read for foreign relations law specialists, in many ways a companion volume to Jack Goldsmith’s The Terror Presidency. Where Jack gives us the inside acount, Ben’s represents the think-tank perspective, longer on prescription (in highly accessible form). Both are strong proponents of congressional participation in anti-terror policy. If there’s a weakness, it’s that neither pays much heed to international law as a part of the answer; and both assume that we are in fact in a “long war”, which I think is at least debatable.
I’ll have more to say during our online roundtable on the book in July. In the meantime, I highly recommend it.