Secret anti-terror Bush memos made public by Obama

The Associated Press has all the scare mongering you need. Probably got the talking points from Rahm.  (I feel okay saying that after 10 years of Karl hysteria.)

Of course, there are few things that should be pointed out:

  • The memo was never enforced.  We didn’t do what it argued that we could.
  • The administration didn’t endorse it.  That means that it never had the president’s okay.
  • The memo was never enforced.  We didn’t do what it argued that we could.
  • Even if it was okayed, it argues within itself that any individual actions would have to authorized by the president.
  • The administration didn’t endorse it.
  • The memo was never enforced.

This is pandering by the White House.  Pure and simple smearing.  This makes it more difficult for the president to get honest advice from his advisors, because now everything has be screened for politics before it gets to the president, not by the president.

That is not a good thing.  Obama just made America weaker.


  1. Kristin says:

    “Obama just made America weaker”

    How did you come to this conclusion?

    I think this statement is about as delusion and parallels other people’s belief that Obama is the Messiah. If it comes down to it Obama will lay his goon hand down just like Bush. The American people will demand it just like we did during 9/11 before things became convoluted and confused with Iraq. America was united then and everyone stood by our President until he decided to play word games with the American people. Obama will do what Bush did to enforce the safety of this nation he will just do it in a manner far less pugilistic and more reminiscent of a knife in a back. Everything is politics even in the Bush administration the only difference you agreed with Bush’s politics. Same shit different toilet.

  2. Phelps says:

    We are now weaker because all presidents, including Obama, are going to have a harder time getting candid advice from their counsel. Make no mistake — I want Obama to have the same ability to protect documents that GWB had. And the next president.

    With this childish, partisan behavior, future advisers will have to stop, and ask themselves not, “is the advice I am about to give good for America” — they are going to have to stop and ask themselves, “is the advice I’m about to give going to make the president look bad when the next administration releases it after this crisis has passed?”

    It’s a short-sighted, amateur move that hurts Obama as much as anyone in the long run.

  3. Kristin says:

    Mmm IF I am President Obama I seriously doubt I am going to give a crap about what the next administration might or might not release. You wanna know why because I’m the President now bitches, it is the same mentality categorized by the Bush administration. Is it childish, depends on your viewpoint. This could be an incredibly ingenious way of setting his administration up to look like the Comeback Kid by discrediting the previous administration to the point of bungling imbeciles. All administrations do something to discredit the previous. Like I said before you just don’t like the method.

  4. Phelps says:

    Yes, I dislike methods that make it harder for the president to make an informed decision.

  5. Phelps says:

    That one’s not, no. The 1st amendment has always been abridged in war.

  6. R says:

    “First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully…”

    Bright shining lines, right?

  7. R says:

    In that case, the Constitution needs a “Bill of Every So Often Rights.”

  8. DA says:

    > Probably got the talking points from Rahm.

    Beats the election, when press coverage looked /less/ objective than Obama press releases.