Posted: 16 May 2009 09:44 AM PDT
I could barely write the headline without laughing myself silly, but it seems the harshest criticism the far far far far left can heap upon Obama is that he is like George Bush.
The Wall Street Journal calls Obama's actions "Another Friday, another bow to Bush's antiterror legacy."
President Obama's endorsements of Bush-Cheney antiterror policies are by now routine: for example, opposing the release of prisoner abuse photographs and support for indefinite detention for some detainees, and that's just this week. More remarkable is White House creativity in portraying these U-turns as epic change. Witness yesterday's announcement endorsing military commissions.
The first thing I usually do when seeing a story like this on memorandum, is head over to farthest left blog that is discussing the piece to see the ranting, whining, howling and raving.
I wasn't disappointed when I clicked on Salon's hack in chief, Glenn Greenwald:
The articles he is referring to can be found here and here.
Notice how loud the howls get when something is done to keep our country safe and the only time they praise Obama is when he does something that endangers our national security.
The problem though is Obama himself, he made promises to his supporters, and although I agree that our court system is not geared to handle terror suspects and agree with his decision about the military tribunals, his supporters do have reason to complain.. he lied to them.
Another problem here is his supporters themselves..... were they really naive enough to believe his lies to begin with?
Obviously they were considering how loudly they are complaining now.
Note to unhappy Obama supporters- Suck it up, you wanted him, you got him, you swallowed his lies, hook, line and sinker and never questioned him and howling now isn't going to change a thing.
Posted: 16 May 2009 09:38 AM PDT
RCP provides a flashback video:
On CNN Friday morning Former Vice President claimed he "waited two years" to criticize the Bush administration. In fact, In September of 2002 he trashed then President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the cabinet for their handling of the war against terrorism. "From the outset, the administration has operated in a manner calculated to please the portion of its base that occupies the far right," Mr. Gore said. Gore called the Bush administration's "attack on fundamental constitutional rights" beyond the "pale and un-American." The Weekly Standard has more quotes of Former Vice President Al Gore speaking out against the Bush administration prior to the two-years he claimed to wait.
Commentary not needed, video proof of his outright lies is enough.
Posted: 16 May 2009 08:27 AM PDT
Over the past few weeks, since Barack Obama released memos of legal opinions regarding the use of EIT's (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques) Nancy Pelosi has come under fire for the hypocrisy of criticizing such tactics after failing to speak up about them when she was briefed on them in 2002.
Reminder of the briefing record:
Pelosi has spoken publicly a few times, each time changing her version of events, tripping over her own lies, and finally accusing the CIA of "misleading" congress, despite the fact that the man that attended that 9/2004 briefing with her, states clearly that they were informed as the CIA claims and accuses Pelosi and others of selective amnesia.
Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich in an interview with ABC News Radio's Marcus Wilson rips Pelosi a new one, saying she has lied to the House and to the American people about National Security matters and that she should be investigated fully.
Gingrich calls her conduct despicable, dishonest and vicious and goes further to call her a trivial politician.
"I think she has lied to the House, and I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don't think the Speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters," Gingrich said.
Listen for yourself to his whole interview below and found at YouTube here.
President Obama's pick as Director of the CIA, Leon Penetta has rebutted Pelosi's public lies as well, sending a memo to his agency members.
Message from the Director: Turning Down the Volume
Finally, the White House is trying to stay the hell out of the line of fire, although it all started with Obama's decision to release "partial" memos in the first place. Talk about hit and run, problem is, Obama hit his own party members the hardest.
Across the blogosphere
Reactions to this firestorm surrounding Pelosi are varied across the blogosphere, but a few are worth mention, some for sheer entertainment value, such as Salon who blames the whole thing on...... Dick Cheney.
You might have thought getting torture back in the news would be a bad move for any Republican; after all, it was the Bush administration that authorized the torturing. But the last few days have shown Dick Cheney knew exactly what he was doing when he went on TV last week and started talking about "enhanced interrogation": It was a masterstroke of bureaucratic warfare.
To give the writer credit, they do admit Pelosi has no one but herself to blame for disastrous performance on Thursday where she "picked a fight" with the CIA.
Cheney, safely ensconced in his McLean, Va., mansion, must be chortling all the way to his cave every night. After three decades in the top levels of U.S. government, he knows better than most how to set his opponents against themselves.
Hot Air shows Pelosi's next set of lies, as she responds to the whole thing by backtracking again and claims that saying the CIA misled Congress, wasn't a criticism against the CIA, but against the Bush administration.
I don't know what she could possibly mean by this after yesterday's "the CIA misleads us all the time" sandbagging unless she's now accusing Team Bush of pulling aside the agents in charge of briefings and ordering them to lie. Which is insane given that (a) by her own admission, agents did brief Congress about waterboarding Abu Zubaydah by early 2003; (b) in the political climate of the time, with Democrats gung ho to prove their "toughness" on terrorism, Bush had less to fear that they'd be squeamish about waterboarding if he told them than that they'd be enraged if he didn't tell them because he thought they might be squeamish; and (c) according to Pelosi's logic here, if this is all just another of the Bushitler's conspiracies, then her failure to mention it until now means she's been essentially covering for George Bush.
So now her words, her claims, where she directly said, when asked if she was accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of lying to top lawmakers, Pelosi replied: "Yes, misleading the Congress of the United States — misleading the Congress of the United States. I am."
What? Does Bush have his hand up her ass making her lips move while he speaks in her voice like a puppet master?
Johnny Dollar provides video of a discussion about Pelosi's claims and one of those being interviewed is a Former CIA member, who states very clearly, "Nancy Pelosi is a pathological liar."
You will find that at approximately the 1:42 mark on the video below.
Michael van der Galien from PoliGazette believes that Pelosi should step down for endangering the country's national security:
The CIA director feels forced to send his agents a memo to encourage them to "focus on their mission" because the speaker of the House of Representatives - who happens to be an extremely partisan and ideological hack - lied about the agency in order to save her own sorry butt. Pelosi's conduct really is unacceptable. This memo should suffice to force her to step down.
Don Surber cracked me up saying "But it does not work that way. She called the CIA briefers liars. The last 6 years of the Democratic Party's politicization of the war is catching up with it. Pelosi looks like Dead Speaker Walking."
Ok, one more thing.... Weekly Standard has a great piece out "Dick Cheney, Most Valuable Republican."
So while some Hill Republicans were fretting about getting a positive message out and others were launching substance-free listening tours, while GOP operatives were wringing their hands about whether Republicans could recover from the Bush years, and while most senior Bush alumni were in hiding, Dick Cheney--Darth Vader himself, Mr. Unpopularity, the last guy you'd supposedly want out there making the case--stepped onto the field. He's made himself the Most Valuable Republican of the first four months of the Obama administration (ably assisted by a few bold denizens of the Hill like the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, Pete Hoekstra).
That should make some heads explode.
This has been today's segment of "Watching Pelosi's Head Spin"......... stay tuned for more.
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