Obama tries to undo the CIA damage
President Obama visited the CIA yesterday and gave a pep talk to the employees demoralized by Obama’s decision to release formerly classified legal memoranda detailing the legal limits of interrogation techniques. Obama’s pep talk was too little too late. Obama was given a bipartisan warning not to release these documents. Four former heads of the CIA, two Appointed by President Clinton and two appointed by | Read More »
Sounds Pretty Equivocal, Doesn’t It?
Link: President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, Leon E. Panetta, said Friday that he intended to test the claims by current agency officials that coercive interrogation methods were effective in getting terrorism suspects to talk. Panetta’s comments were the latest indication that the Obama administration may restore some of the CIA’s authority to use interrogation techniques that go beyond those allowed for the U.S. | Read More »
So, Governing Is A Little Tougher Than Campaigning, Eh?
The new Administration has undertaken the implementation of a whole host of Executive Orders concerning detention and interrogation procedures. I can see that the orders have done their job in getting media attention, but their implementation may well be a lot more complicated than the Administration hopes, as I argue here. And it would appear that my arguments are being somewhat reinforced: President Barack Obama’s | Read More »
I Keep Waiting For The Backlash . . .
From Obamaphiles who might be concerned that all of the sudden, their political hero doesn’t appear to be all too keen to reverse the interrogation policies that were put in place during the Bush Administration. Thus far, it hasn’t come and unless the Obamaphiles have decided that “our current interrogation policies constitute torture unless they are being implemented by the incoming Obama Administration–in which case, | Read More »
Up yours, nutroots! Part I.
You’ve all read the posts. As users of the internet and interactors (grant me the license to make up a word) with various types of unhinged nutroots posters, you’ve had the pleasure of reading stuff like this:Pure, 100% nuttiness. Accept no substitutes.**We Americans have been known all over the world for our generosity, kindness, and compassion. When there have been major catastrophes such as earthquakes, | Read More »