Monday, June 29, 2009

Obama Adopts Bush Policy of Indefinite Detention

For the Catholics who thought they were voting for "hope and change" (or, at least, who claimed to believe that's what we were getting):
... Obama has essentially endorsed the detention policies of George Bush without the courtesy of apologizing for slandering him over the last two and a half years. Obama and his allies screeched endlessly about indefinite detentions, and not just in Gitmo, either. They specifically railed against the holding of terrorists without access to civil courts in military detention facilities around the world, specifically Bagram, but in general as well. Not even six months into his term of office, Obama realized that Bush had it right all along.

Did he even have the grace to admit that? No. Instead, the White House took the cowardly method of a late-Friday leak to let people know that Obama had adopted the Bush policy all over again. Barack Obama just appeared at a press conference this last Tuesday to discuss Iran, energy policy, and ObamaCare, where he could have told the national press that he had changed his mind on indefinite detention. Instead, he kept his mouth shut, and had his media staff whisper it into phones to a couple of White House favorites in the press.

It’s a shameful performance, and the measure of the man in charge...

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At 6/29/2009 2:26 PM, Blogger RobK said...

I am not, have not been, nor expect I will ever be a fan of Obama. And I am fine with calling out the hypocrisy is great.

The problem is that what Obama originally said was right - not the new policy. Indefinite detention is an unjust and immoral policy. It was before and it is now. Obama owes an apology, not former President Bush, but to the American people for lying on one of his major and better campaign promises.


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