Posted by Brad @ 1:53 pm on April 25th 2011

The Andrew Sullivan Justification for Retaining Gitmo

Sully sez, by way of whitewashing poor ole Obama having his hands tied on Gitmo, point to the example of a former detainee, released by the Bush administration, “rejoining the battlefield”:

“Imagine if that happened under Obama. The GOP would go off its rocker (even as they uttered not a peep when it happened under Bush).”

While I understand that’s meant more as a mitigation than a justification, what’s so striking (to me) is that I can’t figure out, the second those words leave your lips, how you don’t realize that your calculus is even MORE cowardly than the Bush justification for Gitmo.

Bush/Cheney doctrine: We can’t release them because they might attack us, and that would be bad.

Obama/Sullivan doctrine: We can’t release them because they might attack us, and that would hurt Obama politically, and that would be bad.

I mean, really?

2 Comments »

  1. And of course the post ends with the usual “what are you gonna do?” shrug and dismissal and sincere attempt to write Obama out of the issue entirely.

    For tacitly signing on to Obama’s “don’t look back” mindset, his supporters seem to do nothing BUT look back. Because to look at the present, or the future, is apparently both uninteresting and unfair.

    Comment by Brad — 4/25/2011 @ 2:01 pm

  2. I’m surprised anyone’s surprised.

    Comment by James — 4/25/2011 @ 2:44 pm

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