Friday, May 22, 2009


Depressing signs that Cheney has won, to some degree. The system now works without him. A "bombing plot" appears at precisely the moment that Obama is trying to win favor for closing Guantanamo. Of course this plot, which would have been carried out by a bunch of destitute lunatics, would never have had the slightest chance of working without the sting operation that allowed it to exist in the first place. Cheney's system of neverending scares persists-- is anyone really buying it anymore? Unfortunately Obama is.

Obama is now stuck in a deeply disappointing bind. It is clear that he will never fully acknowledge the utter failure of Iraq and Bush doctrine, which is what he needs to do to make a clean break with all of these practices-- to change the language, which is essential. He feels he has to appear tough. He is afraid to take a hard stance on an issue like this, when one would be welcome. If he doesn't do it now, he never will.


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