I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 with anticipation and hope that he will turn America away from policies of George Bush which violated the essence of our Constitution. I voted for him in hope that a man who believed in human dignity, a man who had taught students about the Constitution, a man whose family legacy incorporated hatred for those seeking to employ violence in order to foster their values. Instead, Barack Obama has become simply a light version of George Bush. In his recent press conference, the President offered still another defense of those who employed torture of individuals based upon the premise there was an immediate threat to the United States which required torturing prisoners in order to avoid an atomic bomb going off in Los Angeles. This is what the PRESIDENT of the United States of America told reporters:
“We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. It is important for us not to feel sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that these folks had” “Tough job?” The person who is tortured has the “tough job,” not the torturer! We fought World War II against Germany which had the best Army in the world, we fought against Japan which had an outstanding Army, and we did NOT torture people! Our interrogators employed a variety of basic techniques that did not include torture. We refused to sink down to the level of German and Japanese use of torture. And, in those days, our future often was on the line. There was NO crisis confronting America, there was NO fear an enemy could win, it was clear from day one our enemy consisted of a few thousand fanatic men who lacked the means to inflict any serious attacks upon the USA. If one follows the logic of Barack Obama:
1. OK, so we did kill some Jews, but we were under pressure to win a war. Please don’t be sanctimonious just because we tortured and killed a few folks!
2. OK, so we tortured captured American soldiers. Please don’t be sanctimonious, we were under considerable pressure against a great American and a great British Army!
Who is this man??