Three branches: Executive, executive, and executive.
All of the rest is just background noise.
Shorter John Yoo:
We had to shred the Constitution in order to save it.
Bonus most ridiculous statement of the year:
But the president has broader goals than even fighting terrorism â€” he has long intended to make reinvigorating the presidency a priority.
I assume that this is based on one of George Bush’s comments dating back to 2000:
“The legislature’s job is to write law. It’s the executive branch’s job to interpret law.”â€”Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000
Which shows a fundamental understanding of our government.
Here, to help the leader of the free world, is Ben’s Guide to US Government for Kids:
Though in this system of a “separation of powers” each branch operates independently of the others. However, there are built in “checks and balances” to prevent tyrannous concentration of power in any one branch and to protect the rights and liberties of citizens. For example, the President can veto bills approved by Congress and the President nominates individuals to serve in the Federal judiciary; the Supreme Court can declare a law enacted by Congress or an action by the President unconstitutional; and Congress can impeach the President and Federal court justices and judges.
John Yoo’s job should have been to correct the President and not pat him on the head and say, “Close enough for government work.”
Why is John Yoo still employed at Berkeley?