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February 24, 2009

Jonah Goldberg: Obama finds the Bush center

Posted: 08:07 AM ET

by columnist Jonah Goldberg

Here's something President Obama's biggest fans may need to hear: He's just not that into you.

Recall that during the primaries, Obama was probably second only to Dennis Kucinich as an anti-Iraq war and anti-Bush candidate. But he has kept President Bush's Defense secretary and appointed a secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who voted for the war. His vice president, Joe Biden, also voted for the war. Obama himself seems to be in less of a hurry to leave Iraq than we might have expected from listening to him over the last couple of years. 

The new president has ordered that his predecessor's rendition policies remain largely intact, even to the point of using the "state secrets" privilege to block a rendition lawsuit. Obama may have stated categorically that America "will not torture," but outsourcing it is still OK. 

The White House also defends the Bush policy of imprisoning, without trial, enemy combatants captured abroad. Obama's lawyers argued in a court case brought by Afghan prisoners at the U.S. Air Force base at Bagram, Afghanistan, that the "government adheres to its previously articulated position" - the one articulated by those evil Bush lawyers. 

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sean brizendine   February 24th, 2009 11:25 am ET

larry they all move to the center so why are you so surprised?
"sean in santa rosa"


Carol King   February 25th, 2009 12:54 am ET

The U.S. has given a lot of bailout money to financial institutions like CitiBank. I have a lot of CitiBank credit cards bought out from other entities. Now, after years of being a diligent and faithful payer to CitiBank, my card rates are being raised to 19-21%. WHY????


ROGER HILL   February 25th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

HERE'S MY QUESTION, WE GAVE THE BANK'S 350 BILLION DOLLARS LAST FALL RIGHT? AND THEY USED IT FOR BONUSES AND PARTIES AND TRIPS TO WHO KNOWS WHERE AND WOULD NOT TELL ANY BODY WHERE THE MONEY WAS BEING USED TO HELP PEOPLE OUT AND THEN NO ONE COULD YET BORROW ANY OF THEIR OWN(TAX PAYERS MONEY). SO WHY DON'T WE SEIZE THESE BANKS ACCOUNT, LIKE WE DO TERRORISTS ACCOUNTS, AND PUT THIS MONEY BACK INTO THE TREASURY WHERE IT CAN BE USED TO HELP PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED HELP? THIS IS THE KISS METHOD THAT I ALWAYS USE AT WORK OR ANYWHERE ELSE, IT MEANS (KEEP IT SIMPLE SIMON), OR ANY OTHER NAME THAT YOU WANT TO USE THAT STARTS WITH "S". RESPECTFULLY R.D.H.


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