An interesting snippet from William Kristol, Weekly Standard:

What was more interesting was the accompanying statement by the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, trying to justify Obama’s decision–or at least put it “into perspective.” The perspective, the context, is that in the months after 9/11, “we did not have a clear understanding of the enemy we were dealing with, and our every effort was focused on preventing further attacks that would kill more Americans. It was during these months that the CIA was struggling to obtain critical information from captured al Qaida leaders, and requested permission to use harsher interrogation methods. The OLC memos make clear that senior legal officials judged the harsher methods to be legal.”

Blair continues: “Those methods, read on a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009, appear graphic and disturbing. As the President has made clear, and as both CIA Director Panetta and I have stated, we will not use those techniques in the future. But we will absolutely defend those who relied on these memos and those guidelines

If you take Blair at his word, in the wake of September Eleven we lacked a clear picture of enemy and we were struggling to prevent further attacks.    In contrast, today we know who our enemy is and we are safe.    The only conclusion you can draw from Blair’s words, is that President George W. Bush did a great job  in leading us from dark swamp to bright and sunny hill.   I am not sure that is the message the Obama administration intended to convey, but competence is just not part of the Change and Hope thing

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