Ok, ok, so he didn’t say exactly that…but he came pretty close:
This weekend, Americans were treated to something new: Barack Obama defending his war policies by suggesting they merely continue his predecessor’s practices. The defense is illuminating, not least for its implicit recognition that George W. Bush has more credibility on fighting terrorists than does the sitting president….
“I think that the most important thing for the public to understand,” he [said], “is we’re not handling any of these cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11.”
Wait…being like Bush on terror is a good thing? I thought that was one area of policy where Obama was going to chart a totally new course, repudiating the lack of respect for the rule of law displayed by his predecessor. We all remember that, right?
When Mr. Obama arrived in the Oval Office his first official act was to order the closing of Guantanamo in the manner of Christ cleansing the temple. Attorney General Eric Holder soon followed by opening a criminal investigation of the CIA’s interrogators. And everywhere he went, Mr. Obama told anyone who would listen that when it came to terror, he would be the anti-Bush.
So much for that plan. Hat tip to the Humble Libertarian.Published in