Obama's Leaked 'Torture' Statement Reopens Settled Semantics

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By Ron Hart , Op-Ed Contributor
August 6, 2014|9:10 am
  • Ron Hart
    Ron Hart is a syndicated columnist and humorist.

It's difficult to overstate the petulance of our president. In his latest press conference, Obama took credit for every perceived good and blamed Republicans for every perceived bad. He blasted Congress for going on vacation as he was leaving for his in Martha's Vineyard. Between golf and fund raising, I'm surprised he has time for vacation.

Currently, ISIS is on the march in Iraq; border wars rage; Mexico holds a US Marine; and Syria, Gaza/Israel, Afghanistan, Libya, and Ukraine are theaters of war with escalating violence. They are not really "theaters of war" anymore; they are more like a multiplex 16.

The cumulative effect of Obama's feckless foreign policy is weakness.

So what diversion does Obama dangle as bait before his media in his last press conference before they vacation together? With his CIA caught snooping on Senators, he changes the topic to his favorite "Blame Bush" theme by leaking a CIA document on torture.

Now the discussions go from CIA spying on Senators, Benghazi, IRS targeting political opponents, deficits, a jobless recovery, burdensome regulations, ObamaCare lies, and NSA spying on US citizens to an old game of semantics: Did the Bush administration's CIA "torture" terrorists?

The "torture" issue was well behind us. But Obama has effectively accused Bush of war crimes, thus again deeming his political foes enemies of the state.

In my view, we need to find out who leaked this and hire a friendly but tough foreigner to strap them to a board and pour water in their faces until they say they are sorry. It sounds like a job for Liam Neeson.

We mostly water-boarded Khalid Sheik-Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind and evil-genius bomb builder. He's been in the Camp Gitmo prison ten years and has won the Guantanamo Science Fair eight times. So what if we took this terrorist somewhere and water-boarded or "enhanced interrogated" him? (I like to call it "enhanced irrigation.") Either way, the information helped us get bin Laden, for which Obama, hypocritically, was eager to take credit.

Constantly second-guessing and blaming the previous administration have been taken to un-Presidential depths. Those were tough post-9/11 decisions. I am not sure how Obama makes decisions, but he appears to use the "rock, paper, scissors" method.

Never have unrepentant incompetence and epic narcissism melded so seamlessly in one President.

After 9/11, Bush felt we had two choices. The first was to grab the guys who did it and interrogate them to get to the leaders. That was the right choice. The other was to invade and bomb Afghanistan and Iraq back to the Stone Age. That set them back about a month, and was the wrong decision.

Obama's unnecessary and blunt statement that we engaged in "torture" will just further inflame the Arab world and give its extremists more reason to fight. To Obama, blame and politics come before what is best for America.

Waterboarding is not torture. Yes, it's a really unpleasant experience I'd prefer not to endure, but so were the first five years of Obama's presidency.

Obama wants to shut down Gitmo, but his naiveté has been exposed. What is he going to do with all those ruthless terrorists? He has run out of U.S. deserters to trade for them. Since they are "not that bad," maybe New York liberals will be OK with assimilating them into the NYC cab driver program. After all, these terrorists are "victims" — just like every Democrat voter.

It is no wonder Obama was recently rated the worst president in modern history and his approval numbers are at an all-time low. Ebola and Malaysia Air get better reviews on Yelp.
We can go with the instincts of Obama and his dolt sidekick Biden, who prefer second-guessing their predecessors to making any tough decisions. Or we can go with Dick Cheney. When it comes to tough choices for our safety, I'm with the guy who shot the lawyer in the face. Unlike Obama, when Cheney leaks water on your leg, he doesn't tell you it's raining and blame it on climate change.

Terrorists in 2001 who hated us for our prosperity and liberty will, after President Obama is through with our country, have to find other reasons to hate us.
He said he was going to "fundamentally transform" the country. We gave Obama the United States of America, and he is giving us back Chicago.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator. Email Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com
 

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