Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

Back To Bizarro World

I have contended that President Obama appears to be operating in a “Bizarro World,” where logic goes out the window, up is down and right is wrong. We got more examples of that in recent days with the release of the CIA interrogation memos and the Summit of the Americas.

President Obama released the CIA interrogation memos last week over the objections of his CIA director and four former CIA directors. Yesterday, he went to CIA headquarters to give a pep talk to the men and women charged with the incredibly difficult task of defending this nation from the evil of Islamofascism. Here’s what he told them:
“I have put an end to the interrogation techniques described in those OLC memos, and I want to be very clear and very blunt. I’ve done so for a simple reason: because I believe that our nation is stronger and more secure when we deploy the full measure of both our power and the power of our values -- including the rule of law. …Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes.” How could they not be discouraged when the president of the United States has accused them of violating our values? How could they not be discouraged when prominent members of his party are demanding “truth commissions” and prosecutions of the very people who prevented terrorist attacks after 9/11?

Since President Obama has chosen to go down this road (accusing the Bush Administration of violating our values), former Vice President Dick Cheney is demanding that the administration declassify even more memos. Specifically, Vice President Cheney wants the CIA to release reports that document the information obtained from the interrogations and the success of the interrogations, “so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was.”

In addition to the dangerous release of the CIA interrogation memos was the president’s spineless behavior at the Summit of the Americas. There, President Obama embraced Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who also attended a competing summit of socialist dictators, the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. At that venue, Chavez rejected the Summit of the Americas and demanded a debate on how “capitalism is bringing about the end of humanity and the planet.” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs insists we were making progress. Really?

But the president also sat silently and dispassionately though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua’s communist president, Daniel Ortega. In response to Ortega’s disgusting rant, the most President Obama could muster was to say, “I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old.” It’s not about you, Mr. Obama, it’s about America! But after his “apology tour” in Europe and abject bow before the Saudi king, we shouldn’t be surprised.

President Obama appears to have learned well the anti-Americanism of Pastor Jeremiah Wright. In Europe, he repeatedly apologized for American history. In Latin America, he sat silently as thugs rhetorically attacked us – just as he sat silently for 20 years in the pews of a church where Wright preached, “God d--- America.”

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families