I find it stragely ironic that the President of the United States that has asserted that he is the one ready for negotiations with any and all bad guys including Iran and North Korea ordered the death of three Somali pirates during a negotiation. The President of the United States so shocked by the “torture” of Gitmo has decided to close the place entirely and to release Bush-era memos about CIA interrogation techniques.
To trash Bush, which seems to be the Obama mantra thus far?
A former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush called the publication of the memos “unbelievable.”
“It’s damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama’s action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are,” the official said. “We have laid it all out for our enemies. This is totally unnecessary. … Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by ensuring they can never be used again — even in a ticking-time- bomb scenario where thousands or even millions of American lives are at stake.”
“I don’t believe Obama would intentionally endanger the nation, so it must be that he thinks either 1. the previous administration, including the CIA professionals who have defended this program, is lying about its importance and effectiveness, or 2. he believes we are no longer really at war and no longer face the kind of grave threat to our national security this program has protected against.”
And then why, if such “torture” is so deplorable, does the same man execute without due process three Somali pirates? With all due respect to Captain Phillips and the hero of the U.S. Navy who pulled the trigger, how many people have the pirates killed and harmed in the past?
The answer is zero.
Death by sniper’s bullet is clearly torture and the ultimate denial of rights, it seems to me. What has happened at Gitmo? I’m not nearly as certain….
I am confused and concerned about President Obama….
He seems to be the president of non sequitur (“it does not follow”).
The president is against automatic weapons and the drug trade that has made the border with Mexico so dangerously violent. So he went to Mexico and then left again without any new pledge againsts drugs, guns or a lawless border. Non sequitur.
He wants to clean up the financial system and see the economy thrive but he has launched upon a debt supported spending binge and continues to attacks bankers, Wall Street and even fired the head of GM. Non sequitur.
He wants to attack the economy and make it well but there is none of the job creation and building projects of the FDR years — he has linked recovery to health care, education and climate change. Non sequitur.
Maybe I don’t “get it.” Or maybe the president doesn’t get it — which really worries me….
Politico on release of CIA documents:
Obama Amid the World Of Disorder
By George Neumayr
Modern liberals measure “progress” not by the unfolding fulfillment of the natural moral law but by its elimination. Consequently, most of what is labeled “progress” is basically just regress, a return, under a glossier guise, to the practices of antiquity and pre-Christian paganism.
Pagans stuck the inconvenient elderly on snow drifts; moderns dehydrate them to death in hospitals. Pagans left unwanted babies to die on hilltops; moderns bury them in bins behind Planned Parenthood clinics. Pagans attended orgies, moderns attend “gay weddings.”
In its deepening moral squalor, in its raw defiance of reality as God made it, the Brave New World is as barbaric as the old one. That Hillary Clinton and other architects of the Brave New World are now forced to grapple clumsily with piracy is somehow fitting. Their “new world order” is intrinsically disordered, a reckless ideological experiment that explodes in recurring currents of chaos, discontent, and lawlessness. Why not piracy too?
The recent gusher of globalist babble at the G-20 summit is exposed by the rise of piracy as a total sham. And the rise of piracy is one more proof of Dambisa Moyo’s thesis in Dead Aid — that ceaseless Western government-to-government handouts to Africa, which are just a new version of white colonialism, have frozen the continent in a helpless and horrid past. After a trillion dollars over sixty years, the only vivid display of entrepreneurial activity in Africa today is…piracy.
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