May 21st, 2009
Michael Isikoff on Rachel Maddow discussing Obama’s private off-the-record Bush meeting with human rights groups yesterday. It appears that Obama didn’t like the characterization that his policies were a continuation of Bush’s, but he didn’t actually announced anything substantively different.
He was again firmly against any accountability for torture. He firmly said there would be no torture prosecutions, thereby making clear that he is again politicizing the Justice Department. He has so far demonstrated no respect for the rule of law, believing, apparently, that the law can be bent for his convenience.
Just as Bush said “We do not torture,” Obama repetitively says “I am not like Bush.” Both statements, alas, are false.
It is now time to refer to the Bush-Obama policies. Obama has made the Bush policies his own.