Monday, January 11, 2010

Rove Thinks Underwear Bomber Should Be Put "Back in the System to be Squeezed".

I find the mindset of these two utterly appalling. O'Reilly is stating that it will only take "one more" terrorist attack for Americans to decide that Obama can't keep them safe, because he has apparently set his stall too far from the stall set out by Bush and Cheney.

O'REILLY: But President Obama now finds himself in a very, very tough position. I said earlier, and I don't know whether you saw it, but earlier this week, one more terrorist attack, one more...

ROVE: Right.

O'REILLY: ...but it has to be one of magnitude. You'd have to have dead American bodies on display. One more, he's done, I think, in my opinion, because it just -- he staked territory so far away from Bush- Cheney. And the Bush-Cheney policies did protect us. They did work. But he staked territory so far away from that, that people aren't going to forget that. And the perception is going to be he can't keep us safe.

Rove responds by stating that Obama ought to "squeeze" the Christmas Day underwear bomber.

Do you see what they are saying? Another terrorist attack would not have been deemed enough to convince Americans that Bush and Cheney couldn't keep them safe, because Bush and Cheney - according to this logic - were prepared to do whatever it took.

Obama, according to these guys has one major flaw; he's not prepared to torture or to "squeeze" terrorist suspects.

I've said this before but this is one of the reasons why I thought the Obama administration should bring charges against the torturers. This is now being portrayed as a policy difference, rather than as a war crime.

The Republicans are now openly embracing war crimes as proof that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep Americans safe.

Speaking from the other side of the pond, this kind of rhetoric simply appalls me.


O'Reilly then invites on Bob Barr and makes it very clear that the area where he feels Obama has displayed his greatest weakness is when it comes to "coerced interrogation".

O'REILLY: You don't think a ban on coerced interrogation where they broke guys like Ramsey bin Al Shib and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and they rounded up hundreds of al Qaeda and stopped plots as big, you don't think that's big?

BARR: Do I think a ban on torture that's already illegal under U.S. law is bad? No, it's not bad. It's the law of this country.

O'REILLY: It's coerced interrogation. And it was ruled that it was all right in some forums. The Justice Department said it was okay.

It really does come down to whether or not one is prepared to torture. It astounds me that the current right wing position is to openly argue for the committing of war crimes on national TV, but that is now their position.

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