Ed Morrissey has an excellent post up today describing in detail how Barack Obama’s release of the ‘torture’ memos has backfired spectacularly, as the focus has now shifted to what did Pelosi and other Democrats know and when did they know it, how Obama’s trying to “push back” on Democrats calls for Republican blood, and – most importantly – why the administration redacted parts of the memos that talked about the results of the enhanced interrogations. Make sure to read Ed’s full post.
This administration is in over its head on this issue, and doesn’t know how to get out of it. People concered about the motives behind the release of the memos last week, and the damage it will do to our intelligence gathering capabilities, should not let them off the hook.
Related to all this, the NYT weighs in this morning with … a hit piece on Cheney (surprise). It’s headline?
Unemployed, Unapologetic and Unrestrained: It’s Cheney Unbound
The piece talks about how it’s almost unheard of for a former President or VP to go on the attack against a new administration so soon after they’ve left office. They mention very little about how the Obama adminstration’s repeated attempts at deflecting the blame for every current problem we face on the Bush administration is pretty much unprecedented in modern history, so of course you’re going to have high level officials from the prior admin trying to defend themselves and their decisions. Not only that, but the NYT writes that the Obama administration has been working on how to “formulate” a response to Cheney’s attacks, implying that Cheney is the one who came out swinging first, when in reality, it’s been Team Barry doing so … from day one when he was inaugurated.
Cheney may be “Unemployed, Unapologetic, Unrestrained, and Unbound,” but the NYT is, well, Unhinged. And the Obama administration? Unprepared.