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Associated Press is giving us the spin as fed by the White House – the bright side of Obama’s “Mini Me” tribunals. Amongst the more preposterous arguments, this has to take the cake:

only 20 of the 241 detainees at Guantanamo will be tried under military commissions.

First of all, one would be enough to violate the Constitution, international Law the democratic principles and Obama’s campaign promises.

But as American Prospect observes

The number is not a significant departure from those tried under Bush. “Only around 12, were ever even presented with charges before a commission, only 3 were ever convicted,” says the ACLU’s Jonathan Hafetz. “Even during the Bush administration there was a recognition that only a relatively small percentage were going to be tried by military commission.”

It seems to me that not only isn’t the number a  departure from Bush at all, it is in fact an escalation of Bush’s numbers. In other words, even the ACLU critics are using language meant to disguise the fact that the Mini Me is actually already way ahead of its original.

So, for all the sarcasm of a headline such as

Obama’s kinder, gentler military commissions

the reality is, the real title  should be one froma South Park movie

Bigger, Larger and Uncut

In a related issue, the hiding of the torture photos, progressive.org is more candid about the significance of the events

Barack Obama is fast becoming an accessory after the fact to the war crimes that the Bush Administration has committed.

By not prosecuting the torturers and those who ordered the torture, and now by not even going public with the photo tortures he’d already agreed to release, Obama is doing Dick Cheney’s business for him.

Which brings to mind that priceless headline I saw recently

David Axelrod: Dick Cheney not an influence on photos

(all that’s missing for the perfect Bob Boudelag foil is “so stop saying that”)

Some of the photos Bush  has been blocking  in the ACLU lawsuit have made their way on the internet since 2006. It is unknown if Obama was holding on to the same photos as W – or this is about other photos. It’s also irrelevant. What matters is that both Jr and Jr jr have been trying to cover for torturers by hiding the evidence.

One ending note on pelosi who seems to have grabbed all headlines on the matter.

While I agree that there was some hypocrisy in denouncing torture now as opposed to 2002, 2003 – whenever she knew, the fact remains that she is advocating for a Truth Comission – unlike Obama and the GOP who want it all swept under the rug. This is the reason she is meant to appear as she devised and applied torture herself.

Just as last year, the fact that Hillary had a clear plan to leave Iraq within a year was part of the reason she was painted – by left and right – as the one who started th war.

Another woman thrown to the wolves to cover for the guilty men.

Although, considering Pelosi’s role in the vilification of Hillary, it’s a bit of karma too.

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I guess this would be another “I told you so” edition of disparate news

Remember when Obama declared he wanted to be friends with the Taliban? It wouldn’t be easy, as the media pulled a wall of silence on that one ever since.

But now he has started a review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan intended to find a new strategy, and he signaled that reconciliation could emerge as an important initiative,

I am thinking the “reconciliation” part must not be doing that great as nobody remembers it. In fact they are advancing and threatening Islamabad now. Damn! if they only accepted B0’s (the 2 legged) friend request back then!

Meanwhile, turning torture into politics became the gift that keeps on giving: Now Nancy “there won’t be a Unity ticket” Pelosi is squirming trying to deny she knew of it since 2002

Nancy Pelosi denies knowing U.S. officials used waterboarding — but GOP operatives are pointing to a 2007 Washington Post story which describes an hour-long 2002 briefing in which Pelosi was told about enhanced interrogation techniques in graphic detail.

Oh, but I am sure off the table Nancy protested and raised objections at the time! Non?

For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

Was Nancy one of those? No, because even this would have implied an “on the table attitude” Not only was Nancy a coward at the time, but she now raises in her defense that a protest was eventually logged by – wait for the irony – Jane Harman. How pathetic one gets when needing to CYA with the moral paragon that is Harman? This is Schadenfreude List material

And now for a Schadenfreude that is all laughs thanks to the past grilling of Tweety by John Stewart and its effects today. Keep in mind, the interview at the link took place BEFORE Tweety became campaign propagandist for Obama. Which makes the title Tweety’s book had then even funnier today than it was then

“Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success.

Of course Jon Stewart didn’t let this comic gold pass un-mined

Stewart immediately went on the offensive, calling its thesis a Machiavellian “recipe for sadness” and disagreeing vehemently with what the book’s title implies.

“If you treat life like a campaign … at the end of your life, do you give a concession speech?” asked Stewart. “Aren’t campaigns fundamentally contrivances?”

The delicious interview comes to mind again as Tweety had changed his paperback title, trying hard to convince everyone that this had nothing to do with Stewart:

“The Hardball Handbook: How to Win at Life.

Considering how recently Tweety withdrew from his projected Senate race in Pennsylvania, and did so out of fear of PUMA, I think he is definitely the go to guy for “winning at life”.

Funniest bit? There is a note on the cover

“previously published as ‘Life’s a Campaign.’”

Yeah, that’ll work! Kind of like John Uranus changing his name to Robert Uranus!


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