Obama: Gee whiz, being president means I can’t
continually blame Bush Jr. for everAnd his nutroot followers will seethe in anger, and perhaps with calls for impeachment as their darling ‘icon for change’…is forced into accepting reality. The other shoe dropping is his mulling over ‘indefinite detention’, something he railed against the Bush administration for, and now the situation is beginning to look a bit different once Obambi’s faced with the same perplexing questions that his predecessor had to face.Obama Considers Detaining Terror Suspects Indefinitely (H/T: Atlas)
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S. soil — indefinitely and without trial — as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The proposal being floated with members of Congress is another indication of President Barack Obama’s struggles to establish his counter-terrorism policies, balancing security concerns against attempts to alter Bush-administration practices he has harshly criticized.On Wednesday, the president reversed a recent administration decision to release photos showing purported abuse of prisoners at U.S. military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Obama cited concern that releasing the pictures could endanger U.S. troops. Mr. Obama ordered government lawyers to pull back an earlier court filing promising to release hundreds of photos by month’s end as part a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.The decision to block the detainee photos contrasts with the administration’s release last month of Bush-era Justice Department memorandums outlining the interrogation tactics used on prisoners by the Central Intelligence Agency. The release of the memos set off a heated political fight, with supporters of the Bush administration accusing the Obama White House of endangering the country and some of the current president’s supporters calling for criminal probes of those responsible for the interrogation policies.
Make no mistake, in spite of Obama’s long string of wake up calls in the Oval Office, the man is still a walking nightmare domestically and in international politics. It’s just nice to see him eat some major doses of crow due to his gross hypocrisy, like his party’s current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. KGS