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