The Ethics of Investigating Bush Analytical Essay by Nicky

An ethical analysis to determine whether President Obama should investigate possible crimes of the Bush Administration.
# 145999 | 1,590 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 12, 2010 in Political Science (U.S.) , Public Administration (General) , Ethics (General)

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The paper lists the possible crimes committed by President Bush and considers the four ethical principles of utilitarianism, rights, justice-fairness and virtue ethics to decide whether Obama should initiate an investigation against him. The paper reaches the conclusion that he should not instigate a criminal investigation against Bush, but he should correct the illegal behavior, compensate victims and move forward.

From the Paper:

"Obama's political standpoint seems to suggest that he believes that prosecuting Bush would increase partisanship, which would go against his campaign promises to try to reduce partisan conflict. There may also be legal barriers to investigating crimes by the Bush Administration. Unlike the Watergate scandal, in which the Nixon Administration directly ordered people to engage in illegal activity against American citizens without even the trappings of legalizing such behavior, the Bush Administration managed to obtain some type of formal approval for many of their illegal actions. Because Bush engaged in those behaviors in his official capacity, it is questionable whether, in the United States, Bush could be subject to criminal prosecution for those actions, or whether the only appropriate legal remedy would have been to impeach Bush during his presidency. However, while a normative ethical analysis of an issue can consider legal or political considerations, they are not dispositive of the conclusion."

Sample of Sources Used:

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