Regarding Obama's Change of Heart...
As most of us already know, the American Civil Liberties Union sued to have a couple of thousand more photos released to the public that show American service members torturing detainees.
Today the president announced that he'd changed his mind and would attempt to block the photos from being released.
His rationale was that his generals on the ground convinced him that releasing additional photos would only serve to inflame those in Afghanistan and Pakistan who don't like America to begin with, and further endanger our military personnel.
Having heard today on MSNBC a steady stream of liberals and conservatives opine on Obama's decision, I have to admit I usually am prone to agree with the liberals, primarily because I've learned to suspect anything the conservatives are for.
But in this case, I am giving Obama the benefit of the doubt.
Because I believe he's a brilliant man and politically savvy enough to throw the right-wing dogs an occasional bone in order to cushion himself from the inevitable firestorm of criticism he'll get once Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department do the right thing and indict Bush, Cheney and the rest of those sniveling criminals for war crimes, torture and lying to Congress to drag us into an illegal war.
Furthermore, I believe Obama is dragging his feet on siccing Holder on these crooks because he knows the value of public opinion. The more Dick Cheney and other neo-con goons try to justify behavior like waterboarding and the kind of shit portrayed in the photo above, the more accepting we'll be when investigations are launched full throttle, and the obvious conclusions are reached.
Also, I really do believe that exposing the world to more photos of American military personnel torturing detainees will put our troops in more danger if they are captured and become prisoners of war.
If Obama was a Republican, I would immediately suspect his change of heart and cry foul, but I still trust him enough to believe he made an honest, heartfelt decision.
HOWEVER...each time he makes a decision that pleases the right-wing for whatever reason, he better damn well remember his base and who elected him.
In other news, I hear the Republicans want to force (?) the Democratic party to change its name to the "Democrat Socialist Party."
Having the gall to demand the opposition party change its name notwithstanding, I'd be fine with the change as long as we can change their name to, "the warmongering criminal, latent homosexual yet homophobic, faux Christian, corporate white male cocksucker and/or cunt party."