Saturday, April 25, 2009

This Country Can Walk and Chew Gum At The Same Time

The premise with all the revelation of what really happened with the Bush Administration and torture, and that this country cannot withstand the truth is utter bullshit.


We, Americans do it every day.

President Obama and his administration tackle various problems on behalf of the American public daily, this pushed premise that having the final truth come out about the Bush Administration and what really happened in regards to torture is something all of us need to come to grip with.

This country is a land of morals and values. We made the conscious decision that we were going to walk the high road and denounced torture. The Bush Administration repeatedly told us, to our faces, that the United States of America does not torture, but as all the documented information is quickly coming out, again we were lied to.

It is hard for the Republicans to spin this. Don't believe me? Watch Liz Cheney on MSNBC with Norah O'Donnell and her grasping of straws to defend her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. After watching this, one just has to shake their head.

Then we have Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary, stating that this is Obama's mess.

I don't agree.

The Republicans nor Barack Obama can have it both ways.

The Obama Administration cannot come out and state that CIA investigators, authorized to perform torture techniques will not be prosecuted, then turn a blind eye as evidence mounts and not prosecute those that gave the final command to break the law. Can't do it. Can't have it both ways.

The Republicans, GOP can't go around in the media stating that these techniques made us safe as a nation, when there is no documented proof to back it up. Nor can the Republicans go around and state that releasing these documents, pictures, videos is not for the good of the country, when they were behind it lock, stock and barrel.

This is all hypocrisy.

We are struggling right now on various levels as a nation. But this country withstood The Civil War, The Great Depression, The McCarthy Witch Hunt, The Civil Rights Movement, Nixon and Watergate, The Iran Contra Affair, Bill Clinton and the Monica Scandal, with all of that we can withstand knowing the truth about people that we elected to guide this country and what they did or did not do in following the law.

In the end, all those that have their torture prints all over this and were in the seat of decision making need to lawyer up. And I mean quick, fast and in a hurry.

Expect an independent counsel attached to this mess and Barack Obama to move on.

Finally, h/t to Al Rodgers for an incredible diary of facts. Pictures don't lie.

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