Wednesday, February 25, 2009

obama's speech

President Barack Obama nailed it. Good speech to Congress. Plenty of news about it, I'm not going to repeat it.

I only heard one sentence from Obama that I could imagine coming from the mouth of his non-illustrious and deservedly maligned predecessor, former de facto President George W. Bush. That sentence was, "...I can stand here tonight and say without exception or equivocation that the United States of America does not torture."

Bush would have said that sentence. But he would only be able to say that comfortable that John Yoo and David Addington and others who give the legal profession a bad name had written legally questionable, self-serving briefs describing torture in such a way that the things Americans were doing in our name in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib could be deemed "not torture." So Bush would have said it, and given one of his little smirks.

Are we going to let the architects of torture in our name get away with it?


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