My parents are obsessive shredders of bills and other such documents. So before they moved back to South Africa a couple of weeks ago, I went with my dad to this place called Shred-It in Silver Spring to shred the vast quantities of documents he’d deemed shred-worthy. We got to talking with one of the employees there, and he showed us around the shredding plant, which is a pretty amazing sight. The place was covered in pallets full of shredded bits of paper, and in the middle was a huge shredding device. Outside this warehouse were a few big trucks. The whole thing was just surreal.

The reason that I bring this up is that the worker at the shredding plant told us that they do all the shredding for the White House. And since today is Bush’s last day in office, I want to give a shout out to all the Shred-It employees working overtime. Somebody needs to get onto one of those unmarked white trucks and start searching through the documents. Maybe there’s some piece of evidence that will stop the pardon for Scooter Libby that I’m betting will come in the next few days.

Anyway, see ya Bush. Maybe I’ll have more to say later about the idea of prosecuting these thugs. For now, like Lennon and McCartney, I ask you, “How do you sleep?”

Paul Krugman on Matthew Yglesias:

Matthew Yglesias is shrill

And also right.

The harsh reality is that this was not a noble undertaking done for good reasons. It was a criminal enterprise launched by madmen cheered on by a chorus of fools and cowards. And it’s seen as such by virtually everyone all around the world — including but by no means limited to the Arab world.

Right now, there’s a major effort underway to flush the sheer crazy/vileness of the Bush years — and the cravenness of those who enabled it — down the memory hole. We shouldn’t let that effort succeed. The fact is that an American president deliberately misled the nation into war, probably for political gain — and most of the country’s elite went cheerfully along with the scam.

What I still can’t understand is that seemingly reasonable people went along with this too and couldn’t see the cravenness of the Bush administration even then. That wasn’t / isn’t because of a desire for political gain, but just intellectual and moral laziness.