Joe Conason On Why Clinton Pardoned Rich

In a nutshell, don’t blame Attorney General-designate Eric Holder.  Blame Israel:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2009/01/16/holder/?source=newsletter

Of course, Arlen Specter is not likely to blame Israel, seeing as how he has won elections to the Senate on Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill.  And I wouldn’t think anyone would want to get on the Mossad’s bad side.  But I think the larger point to make here is that the Marc Rich pardon was not Eric Holder’s fault.  Whether he approved it or not, it wasn’t his idea and it was Bill Clinton’s call.

Will also be interesting to see what pardons come off of Bush’s desk in the next 64 or so hours.

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