Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My happy thought

Please read this excerpt from last weeks 60 Minutes interview with President Obama. Especially the bold lines at the bottom.

I thought I was the only one who thought that.

It is amazing that it cam out of the President's mouth. Amazing

Transcript: President Obama, Part 2 - CBS News

KROFT: A week ago Vice President Cheney said essentially that your willingness to shut down Guantanamo and to change the way prisoners are treated and interrogator-- interrogated-- was making America weaker and more vulnerable to another attack. And that the interrogation techniques that were used at Guantanamo were responsible for major-- our-- were-- said were essential in preventing another attack against the United States.

OBAMA: I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney. Not surprisingly. You know, I think that Vice President Cheney has been at the head of a movement whose notion is somehow that we can't reconcile our core values, our Constitution, our belief that we don't torture, with our national security interests. I think he's drawing the wrong lesson from history.

The facts don't bear him out. I think he is-- that attitude, that philosophy has done incredible damage to our image and position in the world. It makes it more difficult for us to get allies to really go after tough problems as in Afghanistan. And it's not even particularly effective in terms of dealing with the people who have caused us enormous harm. I mean, the fact of the matter is after all these years how many convictions actually came out of Guantanamo? How many, how many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn't made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment which means that there is constant effective recruitment of Arab fighters and Muslim fighters against U.S. interests all around the world.

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