Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I want to shed some "lyte" on trust.  The left is in an uproar since President Obama announced that the people who participated in the torture outlined in the recently released memos would not be subject to prosecution.  He has also expressed reluctance to investigating and prosecuting those who oversaw the torture program.

I can understand the left's dismay. We want heads to roll, we want perp walks, we want orange jumpsuits.  After all, these guys actually broke the law.  But, they were told by Bush's Justice Department and the White House Council that what they were doing was legal.  So what is an already busy President to do?

Wait.  The Congress is already investigating and the results aren't in yet.  Obama is taking a stance that he wants us to "move on" and focus on our future.  That is a savvy way to appease the Republicans and the rabid right that no witch hunts will happen with his blessing.  If the results of the congressional investigations show that laws were broken, and if the public outcry becomes deafening, then Obama can "cave" to the pressure and appoint a special prosecutor without any blowback from the right.

President Obama has shown again and again that he is usually about 5 or 6 steps ahead of the rest of us.   Remember during the elections and we were all worried that he was going to be chewed up and spit out by the Republican "swift boat" style of attacks?  Remind me of how that ended up, oh yeah, he stayed above it all and gained in popularity.  Remember during the pirate hostage crisis and the rabid right was saying how soft he was because he didn't come out on TV and say things like, "Dead or alive"?  Then he authorized sniper attacks and the hostage was freed.

I know that during the past eight years we got used to having a President that wasn't as smart as us, but things are different now.  So as the college kids say, "Chillax."  He's got this.  

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