Category Archives: Obama and Torture

Winston Churchill Appropriated by the Other Guy

At exactly one hundred days into the Obama presidency there was the landmark primetime news conference – every broadcast network but Fox covered it. And of course much was said about it – but apparently not enough. Things change fast … Continue reading

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Looking at Who We Are

Definitive assessments based on arbitrary standards, or no standards at all, set in stone on an artificial date – we love that sort of thing. It’s American Idol – and your annual performance appraisal at work or your kid’s grades … Continue reading

Posted in American Exceptionalism, Andrew J. Bacevich, CNN National Report Card, Obama and Hope for the Future, Obama and Torture, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama Win Changes How We Think, One Hundred Days of Obama, Torture, War Crimes | Leave a comment

Fear and Loathing as a Way of Life

The actual results of the 2008 presidential election don’t bear it out, but, having friends and family out here, it’s easy to assume that everyone south of Los Angeles County – those in almost entirely Republican Orange County and in … Continue reading

Posted in Guantanamo, Most Dangerous President Ever, Obama and Torture, Obama Dangerous, Obama Keeps His Promises, Obama Orders Closing Black Sites, Obama Orders Guantanamo Closed, Obama Orders Torture End, Torture | 2 Comments

Doing What’s Right

Isaac Asimov was a man ahead of his time, but then he was supposed to be – he was a science-fiction writer. That was what he did, or some of what he did. Basically he was good at thinking about … Continue reading

Posted in Defending Waterboarding, Isaac Asimov, Obama and Torture, Obama the Pragmatist, Prosecuting Bush and Cheney for War Crimes, Torture, Truth Commissions, War Crimes | 1 Comment

Crazy – Like a Fox

There’s that Sherlock Holmes story where the key to the mystery is the dog that didn’t bark, Silver Blaze:   Gregory (the hapless but eager Scotland Yard detective): Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sullivan, Brutality or Brainpower, Conservatives Praise Obama, Obama and Torture, Obama Betrays His Supporters, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama's Cabinet, Obama's Cabinet Picks, Republican Civil War, Republicans for Obama, Republicans in the Wilderness, The Reasonable Right | Leave a comment

Reasonable Vengeance

So, December opened with more news of who will be running things come January 20 – Obama introduced his national security team. Hillary Clinton will be Secretary of State, Bob Gates will stay on at Defense – it was all … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives Praise Obama, Getting Even for Bush, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Obama and Torture, Obama as Lincoln, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama's Cabinet, Obama's Cabinet Picks, Obama: What Works, The Angry Left, Torture, Truth Commissions, War Crimes | Leave a comment

The Dog Ate My Homework

All those years of teaching, and not once did one student ever use that classic line – the dog ate my homework. Well, once or twice a year one of them grinned and said that – then handed in the … Continue reading

Posted in American Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Bush Torture Legacy, Bush's Lack of Maturity, Bush's Personality, Obama and Guantanamo, Obama and Torture, Obama as the Grown-Up, The Hague, Torture, War Crimes | 1 Comment