"It is widely thought that opposition to the Rich pardon is nothing compared with the defense and intelligence opposition to letting Pollard go. But read this interchange between deputy attorney general Eric Holder and House Government Reform Committee chief counsel James Wilson during the Feb. 8 hearings:
Holder: "I am opposed, for instance, to a pardon for Jonathan Pollard," Holder said, trying to explain why he was swayed by Barak's endorsement of the Rich pardon. "And yet ifthe granting of the pardon had somehow led to Middle East peace, something that the Israeli government had requested, that might be something to
take into account."
Wilson didn't object. "That I understand, and that's fair enough," he said.
Makes you wonder why no one advanced that argument.