So much for foreign policy pragmatism

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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