Sunday, January 3, 2010
BUSH, RIGHT OR WRONG?
I have been amused by the limbo that Obama supporters are doing to justify his response to the Christmas Day attack. I seem to remember that Obama campaigned incessantly against Bush, even though he wasn't running and against McCain as if he were Bush. Everything Bush did was wrong and he surely did some not too good things, and Obama told us he was determined not repeat the stupidity of Bush's policies.
Now we are confronted with the spector of Obama inexplicably repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in his response to the war on terror. Bush tried many terrorists in civilian court. This resulted in a carefully orchestrated propaganda bonanza. I think as time went on Bush learned and put a stop to these dog and pony shows. This approach was a mistake. Bush was wrong to do it.
Later, in answer to intense international pressure, Bush started releasing Gitmo prisoners back to their home countries. This was and is a grave mistake. These people are showing up on the battlefields time and again. I find it hard to understand where the notion that these people can be rehabilitated was hatched. Precious few prisoners in OUR prison system can be rehabilitated and they are domestic terrorists without the deep feeling of religious indoctrination the international terrorists have. American terrorists are just low-life criminals out to exploit their fellow citizens for their own gain. There are those who are truly evil bastards, but they are not as numerous as our common domestic terrorists.
My questions then becomes, according to Obama, was Bush right or wrong in his policies? If you are convinced the Bush policies were wrong change them and do something different. However, if you continue the same policies it's hard to argue against them, isn't it? This administration is really just continuing the policies of the Bush administration.
How about a surge? Check. How about Predator attacks in Pakistan and Yemen? Check. What's changed? Could it be that once reality struck Obama in the face he was forced to see that we can't defend ourselves and worry about being loved by the world. Check?
As for releasing prisoners from Gitmo, that's insane and is doomed to failure. My hope is that if Obama continues to release these people they don't come back to haunt us. We're watching Mr. President.