Bush III

The Patriot Act, wiretaps, e-mail intercepts, military tribunals, Predator drone attacks, Iraq, Afghanistan — and now Guantánamo — are officially no longer part of the demonic Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld nexus, but apparently collective legitimate anti-terrorism measures designed to thwart killers, and by agreement, after years of observance, of great utility in keeping us safe the last eight years.

If so, what was the hysteria of 2001-2008 about other than simple politics?

I doubt we get any more movies about ongoing renditions, redactions, any more Checkpoint-like novels, any more waterboarding skits and reenactments, any more late-night comedians doing their Bush tapped, intercepted, tortured, renditioned, tribunaled poor suspect X routines.

And I guess as well that the good old days of supposedly flushed Korans in Guantánamo and Omar the poor liberationist renditioned to Cairo are over. We are now in the age of a sober and judicious President Obama who circumspectly, if reluctantly and in anguish at the high cost, does what is necessary to keep us safe.

8 pensamentos sobre “Bush III

  1. lucklucky

    O NYT já está a preparar os Fiéis: 1 in 7 Freed Detainees Rejoins Fight, Report Finds.

    “WASHINGTON — An unreleased Pentagon report concludes that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has returned to terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials…”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/21/us/politics/21gitmo.html?_r=2&hp

  2. Lá estão vocês seus “bushistas” a falar mal do Obama.
    As politicas podem parecer iguais aos vossos olhos maldosos, mas são completamente diferentes.
    Como?
    Não sei, mas são diferentes, pronto!
    😦

  3. lucklucky

    Não vai aparecer na RTP:

    http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=343803

    “AP: President Barack Obama sees his secretary of defense just about every day, but he still flubbed Robert Gates’ name on Thursday. Gates was in the crowd for Obama’s national security speech. Pointing him out, the president said “William Gates” was on hand. Perhaps Obama was thinking of Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire.”

  4. « President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said. (…)

    (…)They said Mr. Obama told them he was thinking about “the long game” — how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents.(…)

    (…) The other participant said Mr. Obama did not seem to be thinking about preventive detention for terrorism suspects now held at Guantánamo Bay, but rather for those captured in the future, in settings other than a legitimate battlefield like Afghanistan.(…)

    (…) Mr. Obama did not specify how he intended to deal with Guantánamo detainees who posed a threat and could not be tried (…)»

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/21/us/politics/21obama.html?_r=1

    Via Hot Air:
    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/21/hope-change-obama-may-go-beyond-bush-on-detaining-terror-suspects/

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