Posted: 11 Apr 2009 08:00 AM PDT
More news today on the Obama administration filing an appeal against a ruling of the courts, regarding Afghanistan detainees and asking District Judge John Bates not to proceed with the habeas-corpus cases of three detainees in Afghanistan.
The Obama administration said Friday that it would appeal a district court ruling that granted some military prisoners in Afghanistan the right to file lawsuits seeking their release. The decision signaled that the administration was not backing down in its effort to maintain the power to imprison terrorism suspects for extended periods without judicial oversight.
As expected, this action from the Obama administration, has some members of the far far left chomping at the bit, feeling betrayed and reminding Obama of his very own words, which contradict his actions today.
Salon writer, Glenn Greenwald, shows Obama's very own words, from a previous statement as well as another statement given on the floor of the Senate, both in direct contradiction of Obama's actions now that he is President.
So that Barack Obama -- the one trying to convince Democrats to make him their nominee and then their President -- said that abducting people and imprisoning them without charges was (a) un-American; (b) tyrannical; (c) unnecessary to fight Terrorism; (d) a potent means for stoking anti-Americanism and fueling Terrorism; (e) a means of endangering captured American troops, Americans traveling abroad and Americans generally; and (f) a violent betrayal of core, centuries-old Western principles of justice. But today's Barack Obama, safely ensconced in the White House, fights tooth and nail to preserve his power to do exactly that.
I have often said, what a person does during his campaign or before taking the office of President, is based on their knowledge at the time and once they do take office, they must face the realities of the situation despite their prior statements and convictions.
So, while I am not going to criticize the actions of the Obama administration in filing this appeal, the contrast shown over at Salon between Obama's very own statements and quotes, with the actions he is taking today, is a firm reminder, one I hope Greenwald and others like him that are now feeling so betrayed, will remember when the next elections come along.
Obama lied to get into office. Obama said what the far left wanted to hear so they would support his campaign and elect him. Obama played them and they fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
Somehow I doubt they will remember though.
Posted: 11 Apr 2009 07:34 AM PDT
The French attempted a rescue operation to free the hostages taken when Somalia pirates hijacked a U.S. flagged cargo ship, which had 20 American crew members on board. Two pirates were killed during the rescue attempt as was a French hostage.
Freed were four others, one of which is a three year-old child.
Yesterday news came of the captain of the hijacked ship trying to escape, making it to the water before the pirates recaptured him. The pirates have demanded $2 million for the release of the hostages.
The military made its move after the pirates refused their offers, including one to swap an officer for the mother and child held aboard, and threatened to execute the hostages one-by-one -- and because the Tanit was drifting closer to the Somalian coast, the defense ministry said.
Standing by the commando-style tactics, the French president Nicolas Sarkozy's office confirmed "France's determination not to give into blackmail, and to defeat the pirates".
This highlights the difficulties with any option that will be chosen in dealing with pirates. Rescue operations are a risk, but the only other option is to hand the pirates what they ask for and hope they release the hostages.
Posted: 10 Apr 2009 11:26 AM PDT
Several months ago I interviewed Byron York of National Review.
Additionally, my book "Ideological Bigotry" is available.
Happy Easter and Passover.
eric aka the Tygrrrr Express
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