So much for foreign policy pragmatism

Posted by: ST on January 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

Read it and weep: Obama to close terrorist ‘black sites’ … in addition to Gitmo, of course.

It’s nice to know that our new CIC is sending a clear signal to terrorists about how the United States is going to deal with them. I’m sure they’re quaking in their boots as I type this.

DRJ writes in response:

The report suggests these orders are consistent with Obama’s Inaugural Address:

“In his Inaugural address Tuesday, he said, “we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals … Those ideals still light the world and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.”

I know these decisions will make his supporters happy but Obama should frame the issue honestly. This isn’t about ideals vs expediency. The issue is ideals vs national security.

In most cases, expedience should bow to ideals but it’s not so easy to say national security should take a back seat. That’s probably why Obama refused to say it that way.

It’s all about the priorities, you see.

I know I certainly feel safer now.  You?

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4 Responses to “So much for foreign policy pragmatism”


  1. steveegg says:

    I feel more like Babe in Dr. Szell’s chair right about now.

  2. Given that all President Obama’s statements so far have come with subsequent qualifications or even outright expiration dates, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that these secret facilities continue in some way that just looks like he was keeping his promise. Just like a lot of Bush’s security policies, he may find he can’t do without these.

    Then, when discovered, he can claim these weren’t the secret prisons he knew. :d

  3. Lee Owens says:

    I dunno–I’ve had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since election day

  4. Well, Obama did call the head of Fatah as his first head of state call. And Fatah has an ongoing and expert system of physical information extraction. Put these together and maybe Obama is planning to outsource all that to Fatah? After all, Fatah could use the cash.