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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Never Should Have Let You Go
From James Taranto
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"A leading U.S. politician is complaining that the Bush administration was too lenient in releasing detainees from Guantanamo. What's surprising is that the man making this complaint is none other than President Obama, as the Associated Press reports:

Obama says in a broadcast interview that some of the people released from the facility in Cuba have rejoined terrorist groups. He also says U.S. officials have not always been effective in determining which prisoners will be a danger once they are let go.

In characteristic fashion, the president is trying to have it both ways:

But he says the Bush administration's policy of holding detainees for years on end with no trials is "unsustainable," and has only fueled anti-American sentiments.

And of course the story, based on Obama's "60 Minutes" interview, says Obama still wants to shut down Guantanamo. Maybe he's committing the same logical fallacy he did in his comments about genocide back in 2007: claiming that because we are incapable of doing everything right, we are obliged to do everything wrong in order to be consistent."


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