Monday, February 02, 2009

Praise for President Obama

In spite of my other posts to the contrary, I am thanking President Obama for some clear thinking on the actions involving the action formerly-known-as-the-global-war-on-terror:

LA Times: Obama preserves renditions as counter-terrorism tool

The role of the CIA’s controversial prisoner-transfer program may expand, intelligence experts say.

The CIA’s secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba.

But even while dismantling these programs, President Obama left intact an equally controversial counter-terrorism tool.

Under executive orders issued by Obama recently, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said that the rendition program might be poised to play an expanded role going forward because it was the main remaining mechanism — aside from Predator missile strikes — for taking suspected terrorists off the street.
Who knows?  As I predicted after the election, President Obama may well surprise us all: he may flip-flop on a lot of his pledges, since there is ample evidence he has done so during last year's campaign.

As a Conservative, I can only hope as much!

h/t Blogs for Victory

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