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January 25, 2009

Important Article About Early Days at Guantanamo

0_61_guantanamo_bay.jpgKaren Greenberg, the executive director at NYU's Center on Law and Security, has published a piece in the Washington Post about the early days of the detainee camp at Guantanamo.  It seems that the military got it right in the beginning - it was able to make consistently wise and measured decisions even in the stressful times that many have said made such decision making impossible.

Here is the link.

For more on the current situation the Obama administration is faced with as they plan to close Guantanamo see John Cole's post here.  He asserts that:
"The moral of this story is not the danger for Obama going forward with his Gitmo decommissioning, the moral is that when venal, shallow, small men are given unfettered power and authority, they do incompetent, stupid, and evil things."

January 23, 2009

Another Obama First

POTUS_Seal.jpgThe inauguration of our 44th president contained a litany of firsts.  Too many to list here.  Besides the gaggle of gasbags in the popular media and the Internets have done an exemplary job of listing virtually all of them.

There is one first sandwiched between Rick Warren's curious invocation and Rev. Lowery's remarkable benediction that drew scant attention.  President Obama became the first president in our history to acknowledge atheist Americans:
"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers."
Contrast that quote with this assertion by Bush 41 some twenty years ago:
"I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots."
Unlike his recent predecessors - Bush 41 & 43, Candidate Obama promised inclusiveness as well as greater transparency in his administration.  It appears that he means to implement that promise from day one.

More here. And more here.