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Second Thoughts

As furious as I am with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (93-7 in the Senate and 322-96 in the House) and as unimpressed as I am with Obama’s pledge to veto the bill, I overlooked one thing until I read Paul Craig Roberts’ incisive analysis of the Machiavellian scheming of the Obama regime. For those who think Obama will veto the bill (and he probably will), how likely do you think that the veto will be sustained? With a 93-7 majority in the Senate and a 322-96 majority in the House? Really?

But I digress. Paul Craig Roberts offers us a critically important insight into the reasons for Obama’s promise to veto the bill. He says, in his article on CounterPunch, that the Obama regime does not want military detention because passage of the bill will codify the treatment of those detained and that those detainees will have to be treated according to the Geneva accords. In other words, those detainees will not be able to be tortured or shipped to CIA black prisons in other countries to be tortured. Above all, the Obama regime, which is a continuation of the Bush regime, does not want to be held accountable for its crimes. The Obama regime wants the “flexibility” to deal with the nation’s “security” as it, and it alone, deems appropriate.

From the article:

“In other words, the regime is saying that under AUMF the executive branch has total discretion as to whom it detains and how it treats detainees. Moreover, as the executive branch has total discretion, no one can find out what the executive branch is doing, who detainees are, or what is being done to them. Codification brings accountability, and the executive branch does not want accountability.”

Read the article. It is important. Very, very important. And keep in mind Paul Craig Roberts’ thoughts when you listen to or read Obama’s speech, given today, in Osawatomie, Kansas. More deceptive rhetoric from the silver tongued back-stabber. Obama is a Republican, not a Progressive. Of any kind. Trying to polish his reputation by invoking the record of Teddy Roosevelt (at one of Roosevelt’s campaign stops, no less!) reminds me of Glenn Beck invoking the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. not long ago.

Pitiful. Laughable. Deplorable. But a majority of the Obamabots in this country will lap it up, because they want to believe that Obama has their best interests at heart when an objective look at his record proves the exact opposite.

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