Thursday, May 21, 2009

Prolonged Detention...WTF???

I am confused... Did President Obama change places with former president Bush today? Why would he be giving a speech on the value of prolonged detention?

This is the man who two months ago was talking about shutting down Guantanamo permanently, so what happened? I think he has been cowtowed (sp?) by his own party. Yesterday Rachel Maddow (OMG, she's awesome!) was commenting on the fact that the president was going to have to fight with his own party because members of Congress went on record with their arguments against closing Gitmo. Today, the president gives a speech while standing in front of the original constitution regarding prolonged detention.

This is unimaginable... this issue is one of the areas C and I argue most passionately about. She being a marine believes that if we find one terrorist as a result of measures used in Guantanamo,so be it. I believe that we should not use methods we would not want used on our own soldiers.

I just don't know what to think anymore, first Obama refuses to move quickly to take down DADT (don't ask don't tell), and now he has perhaps taken back his desire to immediately close Gitmo. I need to understand, anybody out there got any ideas?


  1. Sorry, I'm firmly on your GFs side here.

  2. That's ok, lots of others are too.

  3. While I am a firm believer in human rights, I realize that the terrorists are using our laws and rights against us. I don't have an answer. I don't think the politicians do, either.

    Nor do I think moralizing in either direction is particularly helpful. Morality is a grand concept, but since THEIR version and our version are so different, we must temper it with some practicality.

    I just realized how much like a politician that sounds. Damn.

  4. @ the mother, thank you for your comment! I don't believe people can really talk about this issue without sounding political at least. I don't want to moralize either side because I think both sides can be wrong, I just believe that so many lies have been told regarding this issue that it is hard to believe anyone anymore.