Friday, May 22, 2009

"There's some bad dudes down there"

On CBS, Bob Shieffer Admits Cheney ‘Winning’ Security Debate:

"...the fact that the President of the United States had to make this speech, the fact that Congress had turned him down in giving him the money to close Guantanamo, I have to say that on points, I give it to -- to the Vice President on this...Right now I think the Vice President has made his case. And at this point I'd have to say he's winning."

He adds: "let's face it, there's some bad dudes down there" - and that sums up perfectly why it's a political quagmire for President Obama to close Gitmo. Americans may not want to be international law violators, but we also don't want to be releasing terrorists or playing patty-cake with them. Let's face it, the American people - minus the moonbat lefties - are not chumps.

That may be why in the end Obama's policies on handling the AQ terrorists are distinctions with shrinking differences from what Bush did on this. Obama claimed: "I am not going to release individuals who endanger the American people." Really? When many of previously released terrorists went back to their ways? The only safe way is to throw away the key, and you are back to the widely-critized Bush administration approach.

Proteinwisdom says Obama says Cheney is right, while Max Boot argues Obama has come to the centrist McCain position on Gitmo etc.

It is well summed-up by Krauthammer: "If hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue, then the flip-flops on previously denounced anti-terror measures are the homage that Barack Obama pays to George Bush. Within 125 days, Obama has adopted with only minor modifications huge swaths of the entire, allegedly lawless Bush program."

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