Why is Barack Obama so popular? Is it really just the pendulum swing from Bush? Is it his speaking prowess? He just seems to be immune to criticism. That’s of concern to me anytime, but especially when he’s protecting people who engaged in torture.
From today’s Age: “In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties [ie. tortured people] relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution,” Obama said. [I’m sure that’ll be a relief – they’ve probably had real trouble sleeping at night thinking about all those people they tortured the possibility of being prosecuted for war crimes.]
“This is a time for reflection, not retribution.” [Seriously, those are the only two options he can see? Does everything have to be alliterated with him? That’s concerning.]
“But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity [there’s that alliteration again!], nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.” [What a load of codswallop. Nothing will be gained, of course, except for genuine repentance and healing…how can you possibly move forward as a nation after such acts without dwelling on them, grieving them, repenting them, bringing to wholeness those who perpetrated them and their victims, and the country that sat idly by while they went on?]
Then Eric Holder, attorney-general: “It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the justice department.” [It’s called the Nuremburg principles, people. No one made them do it, they weren’t coerced. It didn’t work as a justification for the Nazis, and it shouldn’t work here. Incidentally note there are no comments from Obama on going after the Justice department and bringing them to justice…]
I think it’s important he be morally consistent. Just because he does something on torture for the future doesn’t mean he’s uncriticisable when he protects those who have engaged in it in the past. I don’t understand why people aren’t outraged by such blatant hypocrisy.