Former Obama Defense official pens poison letter to Antonin Scalia

posted at 8:41 am on February 15, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Funeral arrangements have not even been settled for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia yet and the flags are still flying at half mast. The Scalia family hasn’t had time to come to grips with the sudden and unexpected loss. One might think that during such a tumultuous period of shock and grief that those in prominent, public positions might refrain from breaking out the slings and arrows for a man who dedicated his life, on an off, for more than four decades to the service of his nation, no matter how much they may have disagreed with his opinions. One would be incorrect in such an assumption.

At Foreign Policy Magazine, the cause of Scalia’s death hadn’t even been confirmed before Rosa Brooks set to work writing an opinion piece about the celebrations which would be taking place in legal circles outside the United States, with victory laps being run to mark the great man’s demise. The introduction alone is enough to define poor taste. (For non-subscribers, a reprint is available at Yahoo News.)

Prepare yourself for pious proclamations of sorrow. Justice Antonin Scalia, stalwart conservative voice on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1986, is dead! Flags will be at half-mast, and for a few days, at least, everyone will pretend to consider Scalia’s death a terrible loss to the Court, the country, and the global legal and judicial communities.

The global legal and judicial communities, however, will mostly be indulging in joyful private choruses of “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead.” Or maybe not so private.

There was no love lost between Justice Scalia and foreign jurists. Scalia was famously dismissive of foreign and international law, which he considered good enough for, well, foreigners — but not for the great United States. “I doubt whether anybody [in the United States] would say, ‘Yes, we want to be governed by the views of foreigners,’” he scoffed in 2005.

For those not familiar, you might see the title of Foreign Policy Magazine and think, some foreigner is criticizing Scalia? What else is new? But that’s not the case at all. Brooks is a New York born, Yale Law educated liberal who has written for numerous outlets. Beyond that, she’s done more than observe and comment on the government… she was part of it. As a member of the Obama administration, from early 2009 until July of 2011, she was Counselor to Michele Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense. Then, in May of 2010, she was assigned a new position as Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy in the Pentagon.

So what does this trusted stalwart of Barack Obama’s White House feel is an appropriate response to the passing of a member of the nation’s highest court? She chooses to deride him for not paying sufficient tribute to the laws of other nations, preferring instead to stick with the boring old United States Constitution. In fact, she’s not at all shy about describing Scalia as a “know nothing” who damaged our international credibility.

Scalia’s resolute refusal to consider foreign or international law relevant to U.S. constitutional questions did not endear him — or the U.S. Supreme Court, on which he was so influential — to legal communities outside the United States. To non-Americans as to Justice Kennedy, Scalia’s contempt for foreign and international law often seemed to have a “know-nothing quality,” and the rarity with which the Court engaged seriously with non-U.S. legal precedents took a toll on its international prestige.

She goes on from there to mock Scalia for referencing fictional character Jack Bauer when discussing the use of torture on terrorists in the interest of staving off a catastrophe. But in closing out this nasty little attack, surely she could find something positive to say about the man, right? Sadly… no.

Goodbye, Justice Scalia. The Supreme Court will be a quieter, more cosmopolitan place place without you. But Jack Bauer’s sure going to miss you.

This is apparently what passes for acceptable public behavior while a family – and a nation – mourn a significant loss. And the author is someone entrusted by the current administration with positions well up in our Department of Defense. Small wonder that the vitriol in Washington seems to be at near record levels.


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Rosa Brooks is a loser…I don’t look forward to her being defended by all of the FB trolls waiting to invade tomorrow.

menacetosobriety on February 15, 2016 at 8:49 AM

I welcome the coming revolution. It will be the only way to save our country from those bent on destroying it.

fresh air on February 15, 2016 at 8:51 AM

but did this person use facebook to post it?
sorry just pissed off.

dmacleo on February 15, 2016 at 8:58 AM

The enlightened, tolerant left rears it’s head again.

ghostwalker1 on February 15, 2016 at 8:59 AM

How can anyone be so distasteful, so disrespectful to the passing of Justice Scalia, or for that matter, any public servant who dedicates their life to the US Constitution anf our country? Honestly, I expect better behavior from the KKK but hey, to the left, its all about hate. Hate for America and hate for everything good that she stands for.

stuartm80127 on February 15, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Jazz, one last chance to say good bye to you. I do not do facebook and never will. This is a horrible management decision.

rbj on February 15, 2016 at 9:03 AM

One must attend an Ivy League law school to understand how foreign law informs one in interpreting or construing the U.S. constitution or lawsenacted by Congress or on rare occasions U. S. com mon law.

AcidReflux on February 15, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Anyone notice that the passing of Justice Scalia and Hot Air’s usefulness happened at the same time?

If the “law of threes” is in play I wonder what the next dagger will be?

hal_mccombs on February 15, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Well, after all, cosmopolitan is the most important attribute for a SC justice.

JoeHop on February 15, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Jazz, one last chance to say good bye to you. I do not do facebook and never will. This is a horrible management decision.

rbj on February 15, 2016 at 9:03 AM

The Quote of the Day thread tonight will be depressing as hell.

Doughboy on February 15, 2016 at 9:08 AM

What the heck does foreign law have to do with the US? Does Rosa Brooks think the German or French laws should apply within the US?Does Rosa Brooks wish Sharia law to be applied within the US borders?

This is the United States of America! The laws that apply are the laws of the United States of America starting with the United States Constitution. That was Justice Scalia’s view of applicable law. And, in my opinion, it is the view every member of the judiciary should hold.

joated on February 15, 2016 at 9:11 AM

Her disdain of American sovereignty seems to be typical of leftists and globalists.

I really don’t want to be governed by the views of foreigners either. I mean seriously, look at the world. Communists, socialists, dictators, totalitarians, Islamists. Why in the world do I want any of their views imposed on me?

darwin on February 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM

My 88-year old mother made $2500 last month using her pc and working 2 hours per day, and you can, too.

(I just wanted to be the first one to post this drivel that will be seen after HA switches to Facebook. Bye-bye, HA. It was fun.)

HiJack on February 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Ahem.

the flags are still flying at half mast

is incorrect. The correct terminology would be “half staff” as the country is not located on a ship.

Puddleglum on February 15, 2016 at 9:13 AM

A little hypersensitive, aren’t we? Nothing quoted here rises to the level of obnoxious arrogance that Scalia himself loved to bring to oral argument and occasionally his opinions.

urban elitist on February 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM

I can’t get on my high horse. I’ll be singing and twirling around like Julie Andrews on a bright spring morning in the Swiss Alps when Ginsburg, Kagan, Sotomayor and Breyer begin their eternal dirt naps.

Buddahpundit on February 15, 2016 at 9:17 AM

The dems hate. That is what motivates and enervates them. Hatred of the Constitution, hatred of the nation’s history, hatred of the nation’s principles and morals, hatred of the market economy, and hatred of Christianity and Judaism. This is their makeup. This is why they must be stopped with ALL POSSIBLE MEANS. You want your country back from these thieves it will require thinking outside the box, outside of the ballot box as well.

phadras on February 15, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Gee, I wonder why Rosa Brooks waited until after his death to write her hit piece? Could it be that she doesn’t have the courage to face an answer from Justice Scalia? How do you spell C-O-W-A-R-D? Typical leftist hack: don’t confuse me with a cogent argument, my mind is already made up.

conservative educator on February 15, 2016 at 9:18 AM

A little hypersensitive, aren’t we? Nothing quoted here rises to the level of obnoxious arrogance that Scalia himself loved to bring to oral argument and occasionally his opinions.

urban elitist on February 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Rosa..

Is that you?

Electrongod on February 15, 2016 at 9:19 AM

I welcome the coming revolution

Conservative to America, vote for a conservative agenda in 2016 or we will revolt. Way to hold the country hostage to your reactionary belief system

Chicago Way on February 15, 2016 at 9:20 AM

No comment.

Walter L. Newton on February 15, 2016 at 9:23 AM

WOW, I HAVE BEEN ON HA SINCE 2008-ish SAD TO HEAR HA IS CAVING IN TO FB, MANY MANY AMERICANS DO NOT USE OR CARE ABOUT FB AND I AM ONE OF THOSE AWESOME AMERICANS!! GOODBYE SUCKERS!

ARIZONAVETERAN on February 15, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Barbara Ehrenreich’s daughter. ‘Nuff said.

will77jeff on February 15, 2016 at 9:24 AM

me thinks 0LAIR had him murdered……we will have to endure many many many more lectures from him…

ARIZONAVETERAN on February 15, 2016 at 9:29 AM

No comment

lowandslow on February 15, 2016 at 9:31 AM

I made $6,000 in one day with a single weird trick!

Tard on February 15, 2016 at 9:32 AM

This is the hateful mindset of those on the left. They don’t reveal themselves very often, and we seem surprised every time they do. It’s one thing to hold ill will for someone while they’re living but to stomp on their life’s work before the funeral is held they deem appropriate. My goodness, she didn’t even preface it with bless his heart.

Kissmygrits on February 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

“a more cosmopolitan place”
That says it all for these pretentious, pious Obama Adminsitration wanna-be plutocrats who ironically idolize dead white European men.

OCULUS on February 15, 2016 at 9:36 AM

“I doubt whether anybody [in the United States] would say, ‘Yes, we want to be governed by the views of foreigners,’”

Sorry Antonin, but nobody bats 1.000

There are actually quite a few. We call them Progressives.

FineasFinn on February 15, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Scalia’s resolute refusal to consider foreign or international law relevant to U.S. constitutional questions did not endear him — or the U.S. Supreme Court, on which he was so influential — to legal communities outside the United States.

She says that like it’s important or something. Pretty much what you’d expect from the daughter of Barbara Ehrenreich.

RadClown on February 15, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Not shocked or surprised.

I expect this reaction to be the norm for almost all of the liberal population. She is being honest. This is who they are.

2lbsTest on February 15, 2016 at 9:49 AM

There was no love lost between Justice Scalia and foreign jurists.

Proof of his greatness.

Younggod on February 15, 2016 at 9:56 AM

One world govt, coming soon. Only question: Sharia or Marxist?

OldEnglish on February 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM

The governing law of the land, in the US, is the US Constitution, Ms. Brooks, not laws in force in other nations. I guess they didn’t teach you much at Yale Law School.

kjatexas on February 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM

I don’t do facebook. Buh Bye everyone. I have been with the Captain (Ed) since the start.

Old Country Boy on February 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM

HiJack on February 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Thread winner to which I usually reply:

If you’re making so much $, purchase ad space

Jason58 on February 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM

I made $6,000 in one day with a single weird trick!

Tard on February 15, 2016 at 9:32 AM

If it involves an emu and duct tape we’ve already heard it.

Younggod on February 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Jazz, one last chance to say good bye to you. I do not do facebook and never will. This is a horrible management decision.

rbj on February 15, 2016 at 9:03 AM

The Quote of the Day thread tonight will be depressing as hell.

Doughboy on February 15, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Like a funeral – this sux

Key West Reader on February 15, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Wait, don’t all the justices take an oath to follow OUR Constitution?

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Since this is where I’ll be spending even more of my blog time in the future, let’s link to this gem to see where HA wants to take us.

Facebook teamed up with government to censor users.

questionmark on February 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Big Government is the “god” of the Left. They will do anything to protect it and expand it. Furthermore, they will attack anyone who dares disdain worship of it.

Micah68 on February 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

What a c*nt.

BuckeyeSam on February 15, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Half staff.

horatio on February 15, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Very shortsighted of her, considering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg looks like she’s not running any 12k marathons soon.

kurtzz3 on February 15, 2016 at 11:12 AM

It is good to read all of the despicable comments here aimed at Justice Scalia. We need to be disabused, once and for all, of ANY remaining notion that leftists should be respected or heeded.

Mike from NC on February 15, 2016 at 11:28 AM

For someone as educated as Brooks is said to be, one should teach her that flags will be lowerd to half STAFF not mast as wrote. Masts are on ships. Staffs are on land.

willytvirgin on February 15, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Scalia was murdered by Obama’s peeps.

And Rosa Brooks knows who they are.

chuckh on February 15, 2016 at 11:52 AM

The first sentence from Jazz:
Funeral arrangements have not even been settled for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia yet and the flags are still flying at half mast.

It’s half staff, not half mast (ships, boats, yeah maybe some boats are flying half-mast, but geez)

I see this all the time with the media, there is a difference between staff and mast.

So what, I’m picky :p

JudyJet on February 15, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy in the Pentagon.

Remember this next time you want to give a blank check to “national defense”.

iwasbornwithit on February 15, 2016 at 12:09 PM

I am proud to award my final piping hot mug of whipped melena to this Brooks person. It’s a fine way to go out.

Mason on February 15, 2016 at 12:56 PM

If liberals are so insistent about the US using foreign or international law then liberals should be informed that the FIRST foreign law that we enact is a total ban on abortion after 12 weeks – like much of Europe has. When we see how that works we’ll think about expanding the use of foreign/international law.

Liberals are so arrogant and narsissitic that they think that THEY will determine what foreign and international law that we will follow.

This is just another liberal ploy to get what they want, but cannot get through the legislature and US courts.

sues on February 15, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Like many of O’s friends and associates, she is marked by a complete lack of class….endemic within The Left.

Another Drew on February 15, 2016 at 3:17 PM

According to WND.com’s Aaron Klein, “Brooks serves as faculty director of Georgetown Law School’s Human Rights Institute. Brooks may have worked with [Sandra] Fluke, who co-founded a campus committee addressing human trafficking, according to her Georgetown bio. Brooks previously served as special counsel to the president at billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute. She has consulted for Human Rights Watch and served as a board member of Amnesty International USA.”

Also at ForeignPolicy.com, noting the contrasting images of Middle Eastern gays being thrown to their deaths off rooftops and American gays celebrating same-sex marriage, Brooks once penned what is perhaps the most incredibly inane and naive article ever written. She wrote, “Do you want to fight the Islamic State and the forces of Islamic extremist terrorism? I’ll tell you the best way to send a message to those masked gunmen in Iraq and Syria and to everyone else who gains power by sowing violence and fear. Just keep posting that second set of images. Post them on Facebook and Twitter and Reddit and in comments all over the Internet. Send them to your friends and your family. Send them to your pen pal in France and your old roommate in Tunisia. Send them to strangers.” (Brooks stopped short of suggesting Hello Kitty greeting cards and CDs of James Taylor singing, You’ve Got a Friend.)

Colony14 on February 15, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Sort and sweet – Brooks is an ass!

GarandFan on February 15, 2016 at 6:31 PM

For JAZZ !!!!

sniff, sniff….. GONNA MISS YOU !!!

I will miss reading your posts.

I already do not click on ed’s or allah’s – JAZZ was the only one I had left…
and now NO JAZZ either….. ; (

So long hot air/salem

I do NOT do facebook – and will NOT ever.

kennedyk49 on February 15, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Her Wiki is a glowing leftie love letter.

Among the informational gems are:

“She is married to Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Mouer, an Army Special Forces officer.”

“Brooks coauthored Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions[4] (2006), a book which helped shape the United States Army’s praxis of rule of law.”

Her influence with the military is downright appalling. Wonder if hubby is indoctrinating his Special Forces personnel into leftism.

Mae on February 15, 2016 at 7:44 PM