Obama’s blunder

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If the left wing of the left wing of the left wing in American life doesn’t control most of the Obama farmstead’s best and richest acreage, it could be time for new spectacles — since things surely look that way.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to go after the CIA has all the earmarks of policy designed to make left-wing hearts palpitate. What other purpose could it possibly serve? Not that of national security or common sense.

I have written deliberately “go after the CIA,” notwithstanding the demurral of newly appointed special prosecutor John Durham, which concerns the supposedly “preliminary” scope of his investigation into alleged abuses perpetrated by CIA interrogators against terrorism suspects.

The range of cases is gratifyingly small when you consider that Holder, following the blood sport instincts of the left, could have gone after higher-ups — perhaps some of those in the Justice Department who advised President Bush on interrogation policy (like John Yoo).

Alas, as we know from experience, investigations tend to start small then grow. Was Monica Lewinsky on Ken Starr’s radar screen at the start of his inquiry into the Clintons’ finances? Things get out of hand.

The left of the left of the left hopes no doubt that will be the case with Durham’s investigation. You find on that peculiar quarter of the political spectrum a lust to punish former Vice President Cheney himself (if not the president he served). Why rule out a battalion of CIA agents who imagined themselves to be preserving American lives?

Indeed, the Inspector General’s Report, which Holder cites as evidence of doing, says various interrogations gleaned “intelligence that has enabled the identification and apprehension of other terrorists and warned of terrorist plots planned for the United States and around the world.” How dare they warn us? Clap ‘em in irons.

Really, is there a brain cell functioning properly in the Obama White House? What are these people thinking? Are they thinking? Yes, maybe.

Here’s what they might be thinking: The left of the left of the left got us here. They’re mad enough at us now. We’ll throw them a little investigation, trying to explain it to moderates and conservatives — and we’ll pray it works. Nothing else seems to these days, with the healthcare semi-debacle as Exhibit A.

This is just nuts. These White Housers, possibly including the president whose consent to this operation was required, don’t have a clue. The game isn’t worth the candle.

To appease the fundamentally unappeasable left wing, we haul operatives of the U.S. government through the justice system by probing, testing and suspecting them as if they were, well, terrorists; undercut the morale of our main principal intelligence and of terrorist hunters that have escaped the government’s notice; and gladden the hearts of terrorists suddenly given to know what small consequences accompany defying U.S. interrogation. Do we risk foregoing vital intelligence that we would have been ecstatic to own on Sept. 10, 2001?

Put it merely in political terms. What’s in it for Barack Obama? He thinks to earn the gratitude of ordinary — as distinguished from left-left-left — voters for affecting these amazing results?

He has not merely handed the Republicans a rhetorical club with which to pummel him (rightfully, I might add), but he has also made it harder than ever to bring the country together over his healthcare project. No wonder he wanted to go on vacation. In Martha’s Vineyard, he can nervously hope the furor will die away before he goes back to work.

In a pig’s eye, it will. Special prosecutor investigations aren’t like that. They have lives of their own, even when the country yearns for euthanasia.

Around the presidential neck, this spectacular blunder will dangle, albatross-like — long after Obama starts to wish he’d never heard of the CIA or, for that matter, the left of the left of the left. A trifle late for that now, one fears.

[William Murchison is the author of “Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity.”] COPYRIGHT 2009 CREATORS.COM

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 8:36am.

You don't have to be ex-military to know the CIA has valuable access points we wouldn't have otherwise.

If Obamatron wants to get in a pissing contest with Dick Chaney, go right ahead. But deflating the CIA ain't a good idea.

Vote Republican

Submitted by MacTheKnife on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 8:50am.

Our enemies will win.

Perhaps that is who is behind the 'castration'. How else can you explain setting terrorists free while you prosecute those who kept us safe.

Submitted by Bonkers on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 4:41pm.

What kind of crappy cover-up is that? Left or right has nothing to do with whether torture was approved and performed on people not tried.

It would take a simpleton to try and convince any intelligent person that nail-pulling, partial drowning, (2-300 times for one guy), extreme uncomfort with noise-music, and fire hoses, denying rest continually, threatening families, etc., isn't torture.

Now when we have someone captured they won't simply kill them, they will payback the same and we can do nothing to stop it.

Tit for tat is not what made the moral fiber of most of the US!
They did kill by throat cutting some of our people---that is their way---not ours.

We won't even kill our goats in that manner---Oh, yes we do--and pigs and cows and turkeys and chickens. Sorry--we don't eat goats much.

Even if we determined something that was very significant by torture doesn't mean that any means used is OK as long as some information might have been discovered!

Might I suggest we start this procedure with our kidnappers, rapists, etc., to determine how many and where they might have done the deeds?

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 10:41am.

"Even if we determined something that was very significant by torture doesn't mean that any means used is OK as long as some information might have been discovered!"

Would you still feel that way if the lack of that information cost you the lives of some of your loved ones?

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 11:37am.

Yes, of course I would feel the same way. I'm not like some who think it won't happen to them.

If it were your son getting tortured would you say it was OK if he knew our troop movements?

You don't believe in such torture either for yourself!

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 12:28pm.

Your argument would carry more weight if I thought for one second that our enemy's would stop torturing our troops. But they even go so far as beheading non combative personnel like media people. As cruel as it may sound the only way to win a war is to fight fire with fire. They behead ours and celebrate. We use non deadly "torture" and our side screams.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 9:25pm.

I am sometimes amazed at the sheer stupidity of the left.. Thinking it cannot get worse.. Then here you come..

Thanks for reviving my faith in you and your fellow Progressives..

When we start cutting the heads off our prisoners.. I will start to worry.. Until then keep your knickers in a knot over it.. WE couldn't care less..

"Any People who expect to be both IGNORANT and FREE, in a state of CIVILIZATION, expects what NEVER was and NEVER will be."

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