Obama Transition Team Member Explains Why Administration Chose Not to Prosecute Torture 4


The following tidbit from Obama Transition Team Member Explains Why Administration Chose Not to Prosecute Torture:

… if laws were enforced against Bush, Cheney, or their subordinates, the Republicans in Congress would retaliate by trying to block any useful piece of legislation.

provides an insight into Obama’s strategic thinking.

I would think that the threat of such prosecution could be used as a weapon to keep the Republicans in line.  Instead, Obama thought that it could be used as a weapon against his initiatives by the potential targets of the prosecution.  According to his biography, Obama decided to leave the field of community organizing to go to Harvard Law School so that he could learn where the real levers of power were.  I think he wasted his money if Harvard taught him not to threaten to prosecute people because they might get angry at you.


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4 thoughts on “Obama Transition Team Member Explains Why Administration Chose Not to Prosecute Torture

  • SteveG Post author

    In an email I sent to Elizabeth Warren, I asked her, “Can you run for Massachusetts Senator and President of The United States at the same time?”

  • SteveG Post author

    If we are stuck with Obama, maybe all we can do is to try to scare him to his senses. Think of Cher in Moonstruck slapping Nicholas Cage and saying, “Snap out of it.”

  • MardyS

    Not that they aren’t doing it anyway. OK, so Obama’s a wimp wimp wimp. I should not be so wimpy as to doubt anything. But I think you’re stuck with Obama, realistically.

  • Llanda

    It’s a good thing my blood pressure is normally low. WIMP! WIMP! WIMP!! Shall we start a movement to draft Sheila Bair to run for President?