For Barack Obama, words are colored M&Ms sprinkled in interesting — though meaningless — array on the subjects of his choosing. “As a general deal, I think that we should be looking forward and not backwards,” he said. But, on post 9/11interrogation techniques, it’ll be up to an attorney general who describes waterboarding as torture to decide whether “those who formulated those legal decisions” should be prosecuted. Those techniques produced “high-value information” following 9/11, Obama’s National Intelligence Director, Dennis Blair, has acknowledged.
This is a President who went to CIA headquarters after declassifying for general release the list of permissible interrogation techniques to be used against terrorists posing an imminent threat to the lives of civilians as well as to America’s military personnel. He counseled those at Langley that he knew the revelations had been tough on them, but “you need to know you’ve got my full support.”
As former Georgia Gov. Marvin Griffin used to say: “Everybody who believes that pick up a bale of cotton and follow me.” (For the benefit of city boys and girls, a bale of cotton weighs about 480 pounds.)
The President has said that CIA personnel who used permitted techniques should not be prosecuted. After guaranteeing that the issue would become politicized by suggesting that Congress might invoke “bipartisan review” for “further accounting,” Obama worried aloud ”about this getting so politicized that we cannot function effectively, ” thus hampering”our ability to carry out national security operations.”
This is America’s radical left on a witch hunt — vengence against those who served government during the administration of the hated George W. Bush. And this is supposed to be the post-partisan ”new beginnings” President? U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) nailed it: “This administration looks for every opportunity they can to seek to embarrass the previous administration, and I think this is one time they really overstepped their bounds.”
Those in the nation’s security defenses, including the CIA, who continue to function with this President at their back deserve the nation’s gratitude. It will be a difficult four years.