Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Another Perilous Obama Pick: Harold Koh

Daniel Pipes doesn't like this pick.

Barack Obama has nominated Harold Koh, the just-resigned dean of Yale Law School, to be legal adviser to the Department of State, a Senate-confirmed job that would have him, writes Meghan Clyne in the New York Post, "forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our country in such places as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice."

Clyne calls Koh "
Obama's Most Perilous Legal Pick" because of his outrageous views on a wide range of subjects, including "transnational legal process," or the idea of interpreting the U.S. Constitution according to the legal norms of other countries, and his accusing the U.S. government of constituting an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.

But what brings him to attention here is his apparent endorsement of Islamic law within the American court system. Clyne writes:

A New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says that, in addressing the Yale Club of Greenwich in 2007, Koh claimed that "in an appropriate case, he didn't see any reason why sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States."

It would be much safer if Obama simply appointed that which he picked from his nose!

Obama's judgement in terms of personal associations and now in terms of whom he chooses to serve under his regime and "change" America... it's all disturbing, and each day brings yet another disturbing decision...