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Please Join Me in Congratulating John Yoo

 

As John himself noted below, yesterday the Ninth Circuit ruled–finally–in his favor. From an editorial in the Wall Street Journal:

How baseless was the persecution of John Yoo by the white-shoe legal elite, which peddled the claims of a terrorist in order to harass the Bush Administration lawyer for his national-security views? So baseless that even the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown the case out.

I’d add, if I may, a personal note. 

I’ve known John since he returned to California from Washington almost ten years ago, and I’ve found myself marveling at him again and again. Not since the treatment Ed Meese received during the nineteen-eighties has a public official been so relentlessly, viciously and unfairly vilified–if anything, John has been subjected to more vicious treatment than was the former attorney general, and the vilification John has endured has lasted much, much longer. In all the years I’ve known him, John has never–never–betrayed any resentment or bitterness whatsoever. None. To the contrary. John has always proven a man of inexhaustible good cheer, optimistic, full of good humor, and, despite all he has had to endure, happy.

Congratulations to John, a brilliant lawyer, a superb teacher, an accomplished author–and a cheerful patriot.

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  1. Profile photo of Michael Lukehart Thatcher

    Watching from afar, that is to say, Bakersfield, the one thing that strikes me is the grace and good humor with which John Yoo comported himself through this ideal. An attorney myself, I can only imagine the stress that this ordeal has caused, and that he rose above. Congratulations.

    • #1
    • May 3, 2012 at 10:30 am
  2. Profile photo of Mel Foil Inactive

    Apparently, the new legal analysis is that you have to blow any discovered terrorists to smithereens. Progress.

    • #2
    • May 3, 2012 at 10:35 am
  3. Profile photo of Troy Senik Editor

    I’d like to associate myself with every word of Brother Robinson’s comments and to add only this: I have scoured John’s resume over and over again, convinced that there must have been a three-year window where he dropped out of society and dedicated himself to the study of Stoicism or Zen Buddhism. His equanimity in the face of some of the most despicable calumnies faced by a public figure in the modern era is nothing short of astonishing.

    As Peter notes, it’s not just that John remains even-tempered. He has an almost superhuman capacity for good cheer. A few weeks ago, when we were together for an event in Santa Monica, we spied from the atrium of the hotel some protesters clad in Guantanamo-style jumpsuits, chained to each other in protest in front of the building. My first reaction was to be defensive of my friend and colleague. John’s first reaction was to try and figure out what the funniest photo we could take with the protesters would be. They broke the mold with Professor Yoo.

    Congratulations, John.

    • #3
    • May 3, 2012 at 10:35 am
  4. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    When you fight the good fight, the fight is fun. John Yoo strikes me as a man who’s having a lot of fun.

    • #4
    • May 3, 2012 at 10:40 am
  5. Profile photo of Austin Murrey Member

    John Yoo seems to be a living exemplar of the saying “If you’re taking flak, you know you’re over the target.” Like all great aviators he seems to take great joy in the flight no matter how rough it may be.

    • #5
    • May 3, 2012 at 10:40 am
  6. Profile photo of Peter Robinson Founder
    Peter Robinson Post author
    KC Mulville: When you fight the good fight, the fight is fun. John Yoo strikes me as a man who’s having a lot of fun. · 7 minutes ago

    Beautifully said, KC. John is fun.

    • #6
    • May 3, 2012 at 10:48 am
  7. Profile photo of J.Voss Inactive

    I do have to wonder if they would have ‘let John off’ if Richard Epstein had been the opposition. I jest, Congratulations Mr Yoo. Thank you for fighting the good fight and proving that it can still be won.

    • #7
    • May 3, 2012 at 10:56 am
  8. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    And what a nice guy. Having met him on a NR cruise, I was impressed by his ebullience and good cheer combined with an incisive wit and breadth of knowledge. 

    That said ( immoderately ) , I nominate him for AG come January.

    The war against terrorism is far from over.

    • #8
    • May 3, 2012 at 11:19 am
  9. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    John still has the best single line in the history of this whole endeavor. Speaking on Law Talk, John asserted that you could clone Richard Epstein, pack the Supreme Court with them and still get a 5-4 decision.

    • #9
    • May 3, 2012 at 11:31 am
  10. Profile photo of Douglas Member
    Peter Robinson

     Not since the treatment Ed Meese received during the nineteen-eighties has a public official been so relentlessly, viciously and unfairly vilified–if anything, John has been subjected to more vicious treatment than was the former attorney general, and the vilification John has endured has lasted much, much longer. 

    Eh, I dunno about that. They hate John’s guts, but greater than their hate for Dubya? Nope. No one has made a movie fantasizing about John’s assassination yet.

    • #10
    • May 4, 2012 at 1:59 am
  11. Profile photo of Douglas Member
    KC Mulville: When you fight the good fight, the fight is fun. John Yoo strikes me as a man who’s having a lot of fun. · 3 hours ago

    I don’t make a habit of watching the Daily Show, but I did make a point of watching John’s show years ago. It was pretty nice seeing him methodically dismantle every single argument Stewart attempted to make. Stewart ended up looking like the kid in gym class that, no matter how much he tried, just couldn’t climb the rope with the other kids.

    • #11
    • May 4, 2012 at 2:05 am
  12. Profile photo of Aloha Johnny Inactive

    I wonder what would happen to the left if the RNC hosted a two hour special on T.V. with John Yoo, the Koch Brothers, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and W? 

    Heads exploding is my guess. The irrational hatred of the above by the left always amuses me.

    • #12
    • May 4, 2012 at 2:14 am
  13. Profile photo of dreamlarge Inactive

    I’m a John Yoo fan. I love it when the good guys win. And I bet he won’t ever gloat. But I just might. 

    • #13
    • May 4, 2012 at 2:15 am
  14. Profile photo of Mimi Inactive

    Congratulations , John Yoo, on this ruling in your favor. It could be that you may be scapegoated over the next few years for this high profile decision. Stay strong, and remember the support that you have nationally. Never forget it!

    • #14
    • May 4, 2012 at 3:42 am
  15. Profile photo of David Limbaugh Contributor

    This is great news. Congratulations, John, and thank you, Peter, for bringing this to our attention.

    • #15
    • May 4, 2012 at 4:10 am
  16. Profile photo of cdor Member

    No matter what vitriol you receive from idiots, always remember, John Yoo, we here at Ricochet…well, we love ya’ man! What else can I say.

    • #16
    • May 4, 2012 at 4:39 am
  17. Profile photo of Lucy Pevensie Member
    Aloha Johnny: I wonder what would happen to the left if the RNC hosted a two hour special on T.V. with John Yoo, the Koch Brothers, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and W? 

    Heads exploding is my guess. The irrational hatred of the above by the left always amuses me.

    Add in Ed Meese, Robert Bork, and Clarence Thomas.

    How is it that they hate such decent people so much?

    • #17
    • May 4, 2012 at 5:26 am
  18. Profile photo of Xennady Member

    I’d like to congratulate John Yoo not only for beating a baseless lawsuit but also for that time he went on the John Stewart show and made Stewart look foolish.

    That was a stellar accomplishment, and I don’t think it has quite received the renown it deserves.

    • #18
    • May 4, 2012 at 6:32 am
  19. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Member

    John it would be a fitting conclusion if you were able to go back on John Stewart’s show. Congratulations, you’ve earned the accolades and I greatly admire your magnanimity in the face of calumny.

    • #19
    • May 4, 2012 at 6:37 am
  20. Profile photo of Jan-Michael Rives Inactive
    Xennady: I’d like to congratulate John Yoo not only for beating a baseless lawsuit but also for that time he went on the John Stewart show and made Stewart look foolish.

    That was a stellar accomplishment, and I don’t think it has quite received the renown it deserves. · 4 minutes ago

    It’s funny, I watched this the other day just for giggles. I think I’ll do it again now…

    • #20
    • May 4, 2012 at 6:37 am
  21. Profile photo of Terrell David Inactive

    John and Jose Rodriquez remind that e pluribus unum is indeed a great heritage to celebratate. What great patriots!

    Thank God we have Americans that step up and perform to protect us. 

    • #21
    • May 4, 2012 at 6:37 am
  22. Profile photo of Adam Freedman Contributor

    This is great news. I had the pleasure of attending a talk John recently gave to the Federalist Society in New York. There were, of course, hecklers who inflitrated the event. John handled them with more grace and good cheer than I thought possible — certainly more grace than I would have displayed.

    Congratulations, John!

    • #22
    • May 4, 2012 at 6:39 am
  23. Profile photo of Jacksonator Inactive

    Vindication is sweet. Thank you for your generosity of mind and spirit, Mr. Yoo, and congratulations! –Jack

    • #23
    • May 4, 2012 at 8:18 am
  24. Profile photo of Tim Groseclose Contributor

    And thank you, Peter. That is a nice tribute to John. He deserves it.

    • #24
    • May 4, 2012 at 8:25 am
  25. Profile photo of barbara lydick Member

    Wonderful news indeed. No doubt at all that you have the gratitude of the Ricochet family – and a multitude of other Americans – for the work you did while with the Bush Administration. As with others, I never miss the Law Talk podcast.

    • #25
    • May 4, 2012 at 9:09 am
  26. Profile photo of Mountie Member

    Congrats to a fine man

    • #26
    • May 4, 2012 at 9:29 am
  27. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    The good news is that John beat this legal harassment.

    Peter, Troy…the bad news is that you got to know John at his most morose. You’ll probably need to keep a net handy from here on out.

    EJHill: John still has the best single line in the history of this whole endeavor. Speaking on Law Talk, John asserted that you could clone Richard Epstein, pack the Supreme Court with them and still get a 5-4 decision. · 33 minutes ago

    Edited 32 minutes ago

    How many dissents would there be?

    • #27
    • May 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm
  28. Profile photo of Duane Oyen Member

    I get to defend John virtually every day, since I have a couple of Facebook friends who continuously post silly statements about torture, to which I respond by telling them to go visit a certain museum in Cambodia.

    • #28
    • May 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm
  29. Profile photo of Boots on the Table Member
    EJHill: John still has the best single line in the history of this whole endeavor. Speaking on Law Talk, John asserted that you could clone Richard Epstein, pack the Supreme Court with them and still get a 5-4 decision. · 59 minutes ago

    Edited 58 minutes ago

    If you think Obamacare is long – comprehend the decisions handed down by a court full of Richard “The Living Paragraph” Epsteins. Wouldn’t life be grand.

    I do so enjoy law talk and the way John and Richard banter back and forth. An added treat is the way John laughs as Richard banters back and forth with himself. Mr. Robinson and company have scored high marks with the podcast.

    My hat is off to John and how he has handled the situation and the exemplary way he has conducted himself through it all.

    • #29
    • May 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm
  30. Profile photo of Joe Escalante Contributor

    John is just an all around great person. Brilliant, kind, great sense of humor; the complete package in a human being. And how great is the podcast? It’s the best thing to EVER happen to legal discourse in this country. There isn’t even a 2nd place. Congratulations John!

    • #30
    • May 7, 2012 at 10:54 am