Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Look at Obama from across the Pond

Sometimes we can get a little myopic in looking at our own political circus. Here's a view from the UK Telegraph.

It's very telling and it mirrors what millions of Americans are also thinking. Here'a a point that hits home:

Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution. Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.

That is why he opened Pandora's Box by publishing the Justice
Department's legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he had to rush to Langley, Virginia to try to reassure a demoralised CIA that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even more formidable foe than al-Qaeda.

"The Chicago Way" of Rahm Emmanuel and Barack Obama is dividing this country like never before.

Please read the entire article.


Anonymous said...

I agree -- this issue of torture was really a test of whether Obama would put the national security interest of the US ahead of his partisan interest in keeping his left flank mollified and quiet. He flunked. And now, by giving Al Jazeera et al. the chance to dwell more on US "torture" he's given Al Qaeda another recruiting boost.. while demoralizing CIA operatives.

Jack said...

Sometimes you wonder what country is he the president of?