Yoo at Berkeley: I’m ‘A Shining Beacon of Capitalism and Democracy Surrounded by a Sea of Marxism’

Monday, March 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

Carol J. Williams profiles John Yoo, who provides some of the most deliciously boastful quotes this side of a James Bond movie. He’s done, he thinks, with the campaign to prosecute him for his advice during the Bush years: “I hope that this closes this chapter in trying to use criminal and ethical charges to carry out political fights against the policy of a past administration.” But he has the most fun tweaking his colleagues and his academic environment.

“I think of myself as being West Berlin during the Cold War, a shining beacon of capitalism and democracy surrounded by a sea of Marxism,” Yoo observes, sipping iced tea in the faculty club lounge, a wan smile registering the discomfort of colleagues walking by en route to the bar.

He sees his neighbors as the human figures of “a natural history museum of the 1960s,” the Telegraph Avenue tableau of a graying, long-haired, pot-smoking counterculture stuck in the ideology’s half-century-old heyday.

“It’s like looking at the panoramic displays of troglodytes sitting around the campfire with their clubs. Here, it’s tie-dye and marijuana. It’s just like the 1960s, with the Vietnam War still to protest.”


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Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

As long as he doesn't call himself a Constitutionalist, he can lie about anything he wants. I think his idea of Democracy needs to be re-examined, as well.

Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

“I think of myself as being West Berlin during the Cold War, a shining beacon of capitalism and democracy surrounded by a sea of Marxism.”

Hopefully he doesn't think of himself as particularly clever; the phrase is a simple inversion of a very common description of Austin, TX and Lawrence, KS etc.

Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

I think of Yoo as a war criminal who belongs in prison. some day this history re-writing neocon shill will be sporting prison orange.

Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

In which case he shouldn't have taken a job in Berkeley. Too bad he's too tainted for Pepperdine….

Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

Two words: Regent University.

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 1:03 am


Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

cowards and traitors still fill the totaltaian left of academia…disagree with us we will put you in jail….Chavez is kool mentality. Yoo is by far a worthy man in a unworthy cesspool of bubble gum intellegensia.

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

Oh boy…..

Here's another Leboon/Lampoon/Buffoon zombified by the rantings of Glenn Beck and Fox Noise.

Yoo s***s on the Constitution and he's your HERO? Hate to tell you this, but stupidity isn't the best way to espouse how superior you are.

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

monkey? now that is an overstatement….try reading the constitution at least once in your life before regurgitating old worn out clichés found on any brainless post in Kos or DU….get a job or babysitter…what ever is lacking in your illiterate world…

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

The Constitution states that treaties made are the “supreme law of the land.”

Our country is a signatory to one, ratified by the Senate, that states, “[n]o exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”

I trust we are speaking of the same Constitution, no?

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

LOL! That's the best you can do? Go spread your BS where Yoo is BSing our kids with his anti-American ideology. Or you could go back to fish, tartar sauce.

It's also apparent you haven't the slightest inkling what the Constitution means, or represents, except in Yoo's twisted world, just something to s**t all over.

Illiteracy seems to be your venue, since you don't understand the document. How's zombification workin' for ya?

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

Waterboarding is not torture t was a part of seal training for years…you wimps would consider basic traing torture…if it were torture someone would have been charged.
Unless the President and Attorney General arent fullfilling their Constitutional Oath of Office
Whats the beef you guys control everything and yet nothing….talk talk talk

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

like I said read it at least once and try to get through a sentence without showing us where you live on the darwin chain….Yoo can take care of himself as he has already proved….you guys are only brave on your keyboards…keyboard warriors bleeding electrons all over yourselves…messy messy…

Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 12:34 am

Just for you…

I am an Iraq war vet who, when I came home, came to the realization that we were lied to, in regard to the reasons for the war. Then, there is Yoo. We torture, what makes you think (I'm being kind) other belligerent states won't find reason to do it to our troops? He, and Chickehawk Cheney set this country's standing in the international community back to a point not much different than the slime we are fighting. And you support it. Traitor.

So while you're pissing all over yourself trying to gain some kind of infinitessimal amount of vig, understand that you're wrong on this issue. Dead wrong.

Yoo is lucky he has some powerful friends in D.C., because he came within a hair's breath of being tried and convicted as a war criminal. Which he is.

Seems you are the “brave” one behind a keyboard. Not too much different from the cowards you support. It's great for America that your “heroes” aren't in a position to screw this country over anymore. Maybe that's what spurred you to make the first idiotic comment you made.

Really, your interpretation of the Constitution is seriously twisted, but that's the trouble with punks, they never learn.

Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 1:37 am

Well, coming from an armchair coward, your points are just talk, talk, talk.

It's a Democratic world now, and your petulance just doesn't elicit anything but pity. And uncontrollable laughter.

Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 3:49 am

His interpretation is seriously flawed, like Yoo's. The Constitution is just some vague document to be interpreted in any fashion they choose.
It's really sad how they stand there, defending it, and the quacks they also defend, step all over it.
I'm really tired of these cowards (seems none of them ever wore a uniform) spouting trash when it's so obvious how wrong they are.

Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 5:27 am

Please with that Iraq war vet the only war you ever came close to was in your head. If you were a vet you wouldn't spout off the nonsense about “other belligerent states” as a real combat soldier would know that if he were ever captured he would be tortured and killed whether it be Iraq or Afghanistan. i.e. that means they already do it. Which any real vet would know.Your history is more than weak as the reason for war was WMD that Clinton, Kerry, Kennedy etc. all said Saddam had…way before Bush or Cheney were elected….this was in the late 1990's and is easily goggled numb nuts.Who in Washington is more powerful than the President and Attorney General….like what planet did you get your history from? By the way Its against the law to claim you are a veteran when you arent….its obvious you aren't. I am and find you to be more than just dishonorable…what kind of man claims he is a veteran when he isn't?

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