Krauthammer: Obama, Bush, and the torture show trials

When the young President changed his mind in less than 48 hours in regard to prosecuting lawyers and Bush Administration officials who authorized enhanced interrogation techniques, it caused confusion even among the White House Press Corps (no jokes please).

So why, after sending out your chief of staff on Sunday and your press secretary on Monday, to make it clear that there would be no prosecution of those who formulated EIT policies, would Obama make a U turn and not only allow such prosecutions … but include President Bush in the mix as well. Why?

Here’s the clip I played on the show today from Charles Krauthammer. It’s politics, it’s a distraction, it’s … you guessed it … all about George Bush.


All Bush, all the time, and why? When you having nothing to offer yourself, or when what you offer is incredibly ineffective or naive (refer to Fidel Castro’s smack down of Obama just 48 hours after his famous Latin American apology) … best to fall back on your old fall back, “It’s W’s fault.”

Update: (Steve) Oh heck, I finished writing this recap and just saw Jim’s post above. Hey, two post for the price of none!

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  1. Dimsdale on April 22, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Agreed.  The feckless and floundering Obama has to try to put the focus back onto the hated Bush to distract from his ineptitude and the way he is robbing Peter (our children) to pay Paul (the mortgage dunces and his political pals).

  2. Lazybum on April 23, 2009 at 12:30 am

    That BANG you heard was the hammer hitting the nail on the head.

    I'm wuuurried.

  3. Anne-EH on April 23, 2009 at 2:21 am

    What is going on with this torture issue is making this country, the USA, send confusing signals that would make this country look indecisive and WEAK. Just a thought.

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