Rod Rosenstein Was Just Doing His Job
Does that really excuse him for his role in the Trump administration’s family separation policy?
Ask those separated children whether Rod Rosenstein was just doing his job.
Excellent take on Rod Rosenstein from
and the lame banality of the excuse that he was just doing his job.” In fact, Rosenstein is complicit in the human rights isolations he sanctioned and should face accountability.
Most moving response I got today to my column about holding top Trump officials accountable for family separations.
Smart, tough-minded column by
on Rod Rosenstein's role in Trump's heinous child separation policy
Sometimes, complicity looks like a nondescript man in rimless glasses and a dark suit. We should remember what many of these Trump officials did. My column
Nicholas A. Christakis
On the emergence of a "cruel bureaucracy" in the USA. This is not who we are as a people.
is enraged and you should be too. Rod Rosenstein Was Just Doing His Job
column about Rosenstein and the family separation policy is essential reading in a year that has forced us all to think about the lines we draw -- personally and collectively -- when it comes to just following orders.
“Courageous civil servants. They’re our best defense against tyranny, against autocracy, against government-perpetrated crimes. Yet when it was Rosenstein’s turn, he did nothing to stop government-orchestrated cruelty. Instead, he simply did his job.”
Daniel W. Drezner
“Rosenstein is not a caricature of a villain, necessarily. You might even say he’s a man of a rather banal morality. But when push came to shove, he seems to have done exactly what it took to survive in the Trump Justice Department.”
“Separating families was the objective of the #Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, not a byproduct. The #children were the targets of the policy, not collateral damage. “We need to take away children,” Sessions told the local U.S. attorneys.”