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Cost of CIA probe too great?

Washington Post columnist David Broder respectfully disagrees with Attorney General Eric Holder's (in photo) decision to have a special counsel look into CIA interrogations, viewing it as the "first step on a legal trail that could lead to trials" and a dangerous precedent. He writes: "Obama's argument has been that he has made the decision to change policy and bring the practices clearly within constitutional bounds — and that should be sufficient. In times like these, the understandable desire to enforce individual accountability must be weighed against the consequences. This country is facing so many huge challenges at home and abroad that the president cannot afford to be drawn into what would undoubtedly be a major, bitter partisan battle over prosecution of Bush-era officials. The cost to the country would simply be too great."