Tuesday, April 05, 2011

It's Time for Obama to Apologize to Bush / Cheney

The nation awaits your apology to your predecessor, Mr. President, and an invitation to that 'near beer' summit in the Rose Garden.

Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his four alleged co-conspirators will be tried in a military commission at Gitmo.

From CBS News:
"Last month, Mr. Obama approved the resumption of military trials for detainees at the Guantanamo prison, ending a two-year ban. The move illustrated Mr. Obama's acknowledgment that he will not be able to fulfill his promise to close the prison any time soon -- Mr. Obama said on the 2008 campaign trail that he would close Guantanamo within his first year in office. Still, Mr. Obama said last month that he remained committed to trying terror suspects in federal courts.

"I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system - including Article III Courts - to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," Mr. Obama said in a statement announcing the resumption of Guantanamo trials."
This slow-motion flip-flop by Obama has been a long time coming, and was predicted by none other than Dick Cheney.

The Washington Post lamented just last month that Obama's new Gitmo policy is a lot like Bush's old policy.
"He began his presidency with a pledge to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay within a year. Within months, he realized that was impossible. And now he has essentially formalized George W. Bush's detention policy.

With Monday's announcement that the Obama administration will resume military tribunals at Gitmo, conservatives rushed out triumphant I-told-you-sos. Liberal supporters were again feeling betrayed. Administration officials had some 'splainin' to do."
The WaPo then went on to play Capt. Obvious exclaiming, "In a sense, Monday's announcement was a formal acknowledgment that Obama had set expectations unrealistically high during his campaign and early in his term."

And back in January, Salon's Glenn Greenwald played the jilted suitor as he begrudgingly wrote of The vindication of Dick Cheney:
"If Obama has indeed changed his mind over the last two years as a result of all the Secret Scary Things he's seen as President, then I genuinely believe that he and the Democratic Party owe a heartfelt, public apology to Bush, Cheney and the GOP for all the harsh insults they spewed about them for years based on policies that they are now themselves aggressively continuing.

Obama has won the War on Terror debate -- for the American Right.  And as Dick Cheney's interview last night demonstrates, they're every bit as appreciative as they should be."

FOX News puts video to all the words:

It's time for you to apologize your predecessor, President Obama.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder continues to play the incompetent, arrogant twit ,and wag his middle finger at Congress, the CIA and the American people.


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