The Dillard Doctrine

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Common Sense Regained?

The title of a friend’s blog, and all too appropriate for this story.

From the WaPo:

The Obama administration signaled yesterday that it may be rethinking its promise to release several dozen photos depicting abuse or alleged abuse of detainees held in U.S. custody abroad.

Justice Department officials told a federal judge late last month that the U.S. government did not intend to fight a court order to turn over a total of 44 photos, which were sought by the American Civil Liberties Union under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters yesterday that President Obama has “great concern” about the impact that releasing the photos would have on soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

To which I say….duh (invoking this commercial from a couple years ago).

Anyone remember the Newsweek story from 2005 about Gitmo (where I happened, at the time, to be an employee) that suggested that guards at Camp Delta had somehow desecrated the detainee’s Korans, including flushing one down a toilet (yeah, the one that had to be retracted)? Well, that little story lie led to things like this.

So who’s the person in the Obama Administration that thought releasing these photos would do anything else but make life harder for the guys and girls overseas? Who thought that was a good idea? Truth be told, it’s probably a worse idea than low-flying one of the presidential aircraft over NYC (at least, there was a smaller potential for revenge over that bad decision). If I were a betting man, I’d say this smells of Eric Holder, who’s in the process of turning the Justice Department into a bigger DC office for the ACLU.

It would be nice if President Obama realized that releasing detainee photos wouldn’t do anything good for the military and intelligence officials he claims to support (and I’m still waiting for the release of all the intelligence we’ve obtained from these enhanced interrogations).

I’m not gonna hold my breath, though.



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