This kind of change -- putting your predecessors on trial for their conduct of policy -- may not be what most Americans really want or expect from someone with Obama's gauzy rhetoric of unity.What Barack Obama said, from McIlheran's own link:
I would want to find out directly from my Attorney General ... are there possibilities of genuine crimes as opposed to really bad policies. And I think it's important -- one of the things we've got to figure out in our political culture generally is distinguishing between really dumb policies and policies that rise to the level of criminal activity.Emphases added. Yet McIlheran just mindlessly repeats his source's fantasy of trials over policy. Either that or war crimes are simply policy choices for your average 22-percenter. And, natch, the "Messiah" trope for added effect. No "Chocolate Jesus," at least.
Or maybe this is what really frightens McIlheran:
I think a basic principle of our Constitution is [that] nobody is above the law.That held true for the Clinton administration as well, IIRC.