Thursday, August 27, 2009

Patriot Games: National Security vs. Obama Politics

This issue on the investigation and prosecution of the CIA, will have only one effect in the end; Obama will lose more popularity.

When the water boarding issue comes to full light and it is found no deaths were caused by its use, Obama politics versus national security will be the battle cry.

Point blank, the left will be scrambling to find a cause. When it comes to water boarding, there will be no sympathy for Obama's politics held by the majority of Americans.

And as John Conyer's popularity wanes, his rally cry for investigations will be looked at as a waste of time in the 2010 election.

In the Wall Street Journal, a very good read on the topic can be found here.

Just a taste of what was written:

The most revealing portion of the IG report documents the program's results. The CIA's "detention and interrogation of terrorists has provided intelligence that has enabled the identification and apprehension of other terrorists and warned of terrorist plots planned for the United States and around the world." That included the identification of Jose Padilla and Binyam Muhammed, who planned to detonate a dirty bomb, and the arrest of previously unknown members of an al Qaeda cell in Karachi, Pakistan, designated to pilot an aircraft attack in the U.S. The information also made the CIA aware of plots to attack the U.S. consulate in Karachi, hijack aircraft to fly into Heathrow, loosen track spikes to derail a U.S. train, blow up U.S. gas stations, fly an airplane into a California building, and cut the lines of suspension bridges in New York.

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