Friday, January 23, 2009

The GOP's New Patriotism: Praying for a terrorist attack, and hoping the President fails

The rollback of Bush's torture and detention policies began yesterday with four executive orders... Hilzoy's got the goods here and here. It's really great news... all interrogations will adhere to the Army Field Manual(even CIA)... those CIA black sites will be closed, with the Red Cross getting access to and identification of detainees... and finally, they will create a task force to examine extraordinary rendition practices and make sure we're not sending people to places they'll get tortured. Of course, like everything, we need to see how it's implemented, and there are probably loop holes that can be exploited... but it's certainly a great start to a new era.

Though, as you can guess from this post's title, not everybody feels that way:
Al-Qaeda is actively working to attack our country again. And the policies and institutions that George W. Bush put in place to stop this are succeeding. During the campaign, Obama pledged to dismantle many of these policies. He follows through on those pledges at America's peril -- and his own. If Obama weakens any of the defenses Bush put in place and terrorists strike our country again, Americans will hold Obama responsible -- and the Democratic Party could find itself unelectable for a generation.
You see? If any terrorist attacks happen from now until eternity, it's Obama's fault... just like 9/11, the anthrax attacks, terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq were all... Clinton's fault? Such a rock solid anti-terrorism apparatus!

From more on GOP scare tactics and new definition of patriotism we go to the Daily Show:

EDIT: Bonus Thiessen!
It’s not even the end of inauguration week, and Obama is already proving to be the most dangerous man ever to occupy the Oval Office.
I think the man needs to pace himself... like he says, it's not even the end of inauguration week, people will start to think the outrage might be a manufactured political ploy.

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