Reversal of Fortune … Barack Obama Reverses his Decision not to Release Detainee Abuse Photos, The Left Livid
Finally, change you can believe in from Barack Obama … The One is reversing his position on detainee abuse photographs to protect American troops.
President Barack Obama has reversed his decision and has decided not to release detainee abuse photos citing that it would put American troops in harms way and create a backlash against Americans. Kudos to President Obama for stepping up and making a smart move that protect America. As the Jawa Report states, Obi-One finally gains some wisdom. There comes a point in time where ever President must start acting like a President, a Commander & Chief and not just a Campaigner & Chief. They President must do what is right for the best interest of the United States. As stated at Wizbang, “Not only was this the sensible position regarding the safety of our troops and security of our country, but I suspect Obama came to realize this was the only smart political option for him as well.”
“The most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger,” the president said before departing on his trip to Arizona. “Moreover, I fear the publication of these photos may only have a chilling effect on future investigations of detainee abuse.”
The move is a complete 180. In a letter from the Justice Department to a federal judge on April 23, the Obama administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration …
Last Friday, President Obama met with White House counsel Greg Craig and other members of the White House counsel team in the Oval Office and told them that he had second thoughts about the decision to hand over photographs of detainee abuse to the ACLU.
They discussed possible counterarguments that they believed the Bush legal team hadn’t tried — namely, the argument that releasing the photographs constitute a national security risk.
AWhite House official said that the president “believes that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court.”
The ACLU is beside them self that the Obama Administration adoption of the stonewalling tactics and opaque policies of the Bush administration flies in the face of the president’s stated desire to restore the rule of law. The LEFT is livid at Obama and losing their minds that Barack would actually defend the position of the United States rather than pander to the far LEFT.
Liberals — particularly in the blogosphere — immediately expressed their displeasure with the decision.
“Since he’s been inaugurated, Barack Obama has demonstrated a remarkable desire to keep evidence of Bush crimes generally, and Bush’s torture regime specifically, concealed,” said Jane Hamsher, the founder of the Fire Dog Lake blog in an email exchange with the Fix. “Some of his supporters won’t care. But others believe he is betraying promises he made on the campaign trail about transparency, and there is a growing sense that he is becoming complicit in the crimes he is attempting desperately to shield from public scrutiny.”
The LEFT cannot believe that Barack Obama has actually come around to Dick Cheney’s point of view.