Joseph Nye, one of the leading political scientists among those who specialize in international relations, has an excellent commentary at The Huffington Post, which I became aware of via PoliBlog. Nye describes the warrentless wiretaps as “an act [of] arrogance that the administration can ill afford when it needs the support of moderates in perilous times.”
My reactions is the same as Steven’s title at PoliBlog, and, further, his elaboration after a more lengthy excerpt from Nye: EXACTLY.
As Nye notes the domestic surveillance, bypassing legal procedures, is part of Cheney’s campaign to strengthen the executive, without the consent of political actors outside the inner circle of the executive branch. Of course, it is precisely in response to this process of executive usurpation that I undertook to post the excerpt from Madison’s “Political Reflections” on F&V‘s left sidebar (and a linked page that elaborates).
I also second Steven’s remark that is is astonishing (though perhaps it should not be) that so many Bush partisans don’t even find this usurpation of elementary checks and balances and civil liberties particularly bothersome.