There seems to be a growing bipartisan chorus for a Truth Commission:
Pelosi renewed her call for a "truth commission'' to investigate the Bush administration's use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques and the legal arguments devised to support it. While President Barack Obama has banned waterboarding, his administration calling it "torture,'' he has been cool toward any independent inquiry that might distract attention from his own agenda. Boehner says that if they want to get to the bottom of this, then fine, put everything on the table.
Amen. The notion that dealing with this can somehow be put off without a commission does not seem to make sense to me. By not setting up a commission, Obama will ensure that this stuff is hashed out in partisan fashion in ways that cannot provide the proper context. Besides, we now know that even the 9/11 Commission was based on tortured intelligence, thereby rendering its judgments suspect.
You can't cure a cancer by telling the patient to "move forward". You need first to find out where the cancer started, where it has spread, and how to destroy it.