I had originally told Steve I was going to post about Carrie Prejean today, but I wanna save that for a vidblog. I have to do a quick post while I have time about a couple of things that are directly linked, both of which having to do with “enhanced interrogation techniques” and flip-flops. After agreeing to release photos taken of terror suspects being waterboarded during interrogation, Obama has now recanted on his promise. He’s suddenly decided that it would pose a grave threat to our troops to release the photos. I wonder if he thought about this BEFORE seeing them–or AFTER being warned by his military advisors that this was a no-no after all.
And Nasty Pelosi (er…ah…NANCY) suddenly decided a full week after her initial reaction to declare that the CIA lied to her about waterboarding. If you’ll recall, a week ago her spokesman reacted almost blankly to the CIA memos released that showed Pelosi was, in fact, informed in 2002 of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, saying merely that Pelosi had a “different recollection.” It took a week to get pissed off and start banging fists on the table. I don’t know ’bout ya’ll, but if it had been me, and I really didn’t know about it, I’d have been adamant about being left out of the loop from the get-go. It took the Pelosi camp an entire week to get indignant, claiming that the CIA lied about telling her that they were using specific techniques during interrogation.
Bit of a delayed reaction, don’t you think?
Now, as for Barkey’s flip-flop on the photos, I’m not upset that they’re not being released. I didn’t think they should be in the first place, any more than I thought Cheney should be calling for the release of classified CIA documents about the attacks that we managed to thwart. The war on terror isn’t over by a longshot. There are still many in the extremist Muslim world calling for America to be destroyed. Those photos and the documents that accompany them should, at least for now, remain classified. This is what a complete lack of executive experience does to you–you start making promises that you either can’t or should never keep. I promise that’s a concept that Sarah Palin understands, because she does (contrary to popular belief) have the executive experience that Obama doesn’t. Even suggesting that the photos be released was a bad idea, because he’s whet the appetite of the anti-war crowd and now the ACLU is going to tie up precious court resources trying to force Obama to publish them.
And Nancy…oh, Nancy. All of a sudden, the entire CIA and most of Congress is lying. They’re all out to get her. It’s all the fault of that vast right-wing conspiracy, too. I find it interesting that now Harry Reid and other Democrats aren’t so interested in this “truth commission” that everyone was calling for about these enhanced interrogation techniques. They’re all backtracking. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, they can’t claim that they didn’t know anything. If they didn’t agree with it back then, they could have spoken up and stopped it. They didn’t because everyone wanted to avoid the next 9/11. But now that the next disaster has been averted, and we don’t have any concrete reason for the EIT’s (at least none that can be unclassified), everyone’s up in arms about waterboarding–and the Democrats are singing “plausible deniability” in their best operatic vibrato.
I seem to recall Democrats flaying Reagan for saying “I don’t recall.” The shoe is now on the other foot. I hope it blisters like hell.