Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Torture" Photos Held: Concern for Troops or Planning a Trial?

"...President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he would try to block the court-ordered release of photos showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners, abruptly reversing his position out of concern the pictures would "further inflame anti-American opinion" and endanger U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama's turnabout set off immediate reactions from bloggers, both liberals who decried that he was buckling to political pressure and conservatives who agreed with the decision but said it proved the president was a flip-flopper." (source)

...Well, the "wishful thinking" over at the Democratic Underground is that Obama is not holding these pictures in deference to our troops' safety at all...but is keeping them from the public because they are trial evidence. They seem to have collective, vivid dreams of Cheney's conviction for war crimes.

Some are mad at the messiah:
"President Obama has yet to show good faith on this, and this is coming from a pretty staunch defender of this President. Until now."

Some want the pictures to endanger our soldiers and marines because if troops would just be nice none of this would be happening:
"I think there would be value in letting the American people finally "see," at last what they're government did in their names..."

Some seem to think all republicans should be in jail:

"We wouldn't have had to deal with this crap if we would have prosecuted Nixon, and then Reagan and Poppy. This is just more of the same."

And the truly faithful are standing by their man:

"He has a calculating, deliberate and analytical mind. I wait and I watch."

UPDATE: And you gotta love this from the Kos Kids:

"...This is an unbelievable moment. Dick Cheney's PR offensive over the last month actually worked. Barack Obama just crumbled and will follow Cheney's command to not release the new set of detainee abuse pictures.

By the way, if you hadn't figured it out by now, that's why you saw every Cheney in the world on television arguing that torture works and that releasing more information would gravely harm the troops. They weren't worried about what was already released; they were worried about what was going to get released. They were trying to pre-empt the most damaging thing of all - the pictures that show the torture...

If there's a real journalist in this country, they will get their hands on those pictures and release them to the world. We did what is in those pictures...." (Kos Kid Journal)

Is it wrong that I'm reveling in their heartache and disappointment? First Nancy Pelosi's complicity in waterboarding...and now their Savior covering up Cheney's sins! This is better than the day their Fitzmas fizzled! :)

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