Downward Mobility

Cheney's Cheney, Unemployed

Here’s an unemployment figure you don’t need to shed a tear over: David Addington, the aide to former vice president Dick Cheney who pushed many of the most controversial policies in the war on terror, is, according to The New York Times, “said to still be looking for work.” The revelation comes as part of a larger report about the futures of lawyers such as John Yoo, the Bush administration official who argued for the unitary executive and wrote the infamous “torture memo.” “What is a government lawyer’s responsibility if legal advice he gives turns out to be, in the view of many authorities, grievously flawed? Can he be blamed for damaging, and arguably illegal, acts carried out with his imprimatur? Should he suffer any punishment?”