all the purism exists in our small sphere. The public at large is rather bloodthirsty.
Let AQ hit us again and the GOP will be back in power so fast your head will spin. God help me, I'd have a hard time justifying it if we had no attacks for 7 years of Bush and get hit in O's first six months. There's a good reason Cheney is hoping we get hit. He's evil, not stupid.
the morality argument is a bit of a canard. You can't honestly argue that it's moral to kill 100,000 Iraqis, or god knows how many Afhgans, yet immoral to torture 100. How many millions of innocent Americans do we have in brutal prison conditions that surpass even what the detainees endure?
Yes, prosecuting torture is a good thing. Yes, it's the right thing. But it's not the only good or right thing, and it will not make us the "good guys". This is a drop of blood in a bucket, not some reclaimed moral virginity.
Any realistic argument for prosecution must admit that it has a cost, that it poses - to whatever degree - a risk to other initiatives such as Health Care. How moral is it to risk the health and security of hundreds of thousands of families for a handful of show trials? How moral is it to risk hampering our intelligence capabilities in this highly charged global climate?
Nothing exists in a vacuum. The singular focus on this issue, to the exclusion of all else, is extremely worrisome. At least to me.
prosecuting CIA members is in the national interest. I think there's a good case to be made for that view.
The torture issue is important, but so are a lot of other initiatives. Personally, I'm more concerned about an effective response to a rogue Pakistan than I am about prosecuting. Luckily, I'm not the one that has to juggle priorities and make unpopular choices.
Washington sources added that the Obama Administration would not be continuing the tradition that had developed during the Bush years of hosting Israeli prime ministers whenever they showed up in town, sometimes with just a phone call's notice.
It might have been no more than coincidence, but yesterday Israeli defence officials told the liberal daily Haaretz that Israel's $US15 billion ($A21 billion) purchase of 75 US-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets was now under review due to "the unexpected high cost and disagreements with the manufacturer".
Mr Obama is also demanding a freeze on Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank, and has dropped the Bush administration's opposition to Hamas being part of a future Palestinian Authority government.
More Evidence That Obama is Changing Mideast policy
The signs all point in one direction. President Obama is breaking with his predecessors' policies on Israel-Palestine.
The latest evidence is his decision to submit legislation that would allow US assistance to the Palestinians even if Fatah and Hamas form a unity government. Under current law, any power sharing agreement would terminate US aid.
This change, if implemented, makes it more likely that a power sharing arrangement will be reached. And that is good news because the two-state solution requires that there be one Palestinian entity, not two. The two-state solution is tricky enough. Three states? Forget about it.