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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Troops in danger? Bring 'em home!

President Obama has now decided to ignore a court order (without any evidence of a planned appeal, in other words, he's decided to break the law) and block the release of further torture photos. Obama claims he's doing this because releasing them would "put our troops in greater danger." All together now: "Hey Barack! If you don't want to put our troops in danger, there's a real simple solution: Stop sending more of them to fight in Afghanistan, and bring the troops already in Iraq and Afghanistan home now!" Problem solved, photos or no photos.

The photos themselves are of little concern to me. What is a concern are the facts that Obama has now joined George Bush in proclaiming his Administration as above the law, and furthermore, he has endorsed the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld "it was just a few bad apples" assertion by claiming that these actions were "carried out in the past by a small number of individuals" and furthermore that "appropriate actions have been taken." In other words, "case closed," move along, torture and prisoner abuse were not widely practiced, not officially ordered and sanctioned, no further investigations are in order.

More of that "change we can believe in." Not.

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