[Guest post by DRJ]
The Washington Times reports more on Obama’s expected executive orders closing GTMO in 12 months and closing all “so-called [CIA] black sites” where terrorist subjects have been interrogated, as well as requiring all interrogations be conducted according to US Army Field Manual.
The report suggests these orders are consistent with Obama’s Inaugural Address:
“In his Inaugural address Tuesday, he said, “we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals … Those ideals still light the world and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.”
I know these decisions will make his supporters happy but Obama should frame the issue honestly. This isn’t about ideals vs expediency. The issue is ideals vs national security.
In most cases, expedience should bow to ideals but it’s not so easy to say national security should take a back seat. That’s probably why Obama refused to say it that way.