Obama on History: Is he making the grade?

The mass media have been grading President Obama’s first 100 days in office.  To his credit, he has done an A-mazing job dealing with the numerous crises that confronted him in addition to deftly handling the routine responsibilities of  president.

His intellectual acuity,  skillful leadership, wisdom and insight are impressive, which leaves me baffled about his seeming blindness to the constitutional and international legal requirements for prosecuting war crimes.

Torture is a war crime, and there’s no justification for it. Over the decades following WWII, former Nazis underlings who were just “following orders” have been doggedly tracked and brought to justice even in their wheelchairs!

President Obama’s desire to not “look back” at his predecessor’s torture policy and practices is very troubling.  George Santayana in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Moreover, how does President Obama reconcile turning a blind eye to the Bush Administration’s well-documented history of torture with his determination to govern with transparency? This is very disturbing indeed!

–Nancy Logsdon Mandelkorn

One response to “Obama on History: Is he making the grade?

  1. Yep, those old Nazis are still being dragged in for prosecution. Check out this story in the news today:

    “CLEVELAND — A federal appeals court opened the way again Friday for the Justice Department to deport alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk to Germany to face 29,000 counts of accessory to murder.”

    And here’s how they moved him:

    “As he was carried from his home, Demjanjuk had his head flung back, his mouth hung open and he moaned in apparent pain, infuriating relatives who said he had been promised a stretcher in consideration of his back pain.”

    I bet a lot of people would like to see Bush, Chaney and Rumsfeld brought to justice for planning and implementing systematic torture of men in US custody. And this old prison guard was “just following orders.”

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