HART: Obama’s leaked ‘torture’ statement reopens settled semantics

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 04:27 PM.

It’s difficult to overstate the petulance of our president. In his latest press conference, Obama took credit for every perceived good and blamed Republicans for every perceived bad. He blasted Congress for going on vacation as he was leaving for his in Martha’s Vineyard . Between golf and fund raising, I’m surprised he has time for vacation.

Currently, ISIS is on the march in Iraq ; border wars rage; Mexico holds a US Marine; and Syria , Gaza/Israel, Afghanistan , Libya , and Ukraine are theaters of war with escalating violence. They are not really “theaters of war” any more, they are more like a multi-plex 16.

The cumulative effect of Obama’s feckless foreign policy is weakness.

So what diversion does Obama dangle as bait before his media in his last press conference before they vacation together? With his CIA caught snooping on Senators, he changes the topic to his favorite “Blame Bush” theme by leaking a CIA document on torture.

Now the discussions go from CIA spying on Senators, Benghazi , IRS targeting political opponents, deficits, a jobless recovery, burdensome regulations, ObamaCare lies, and NSA spying on US citizens to an old game of semantics: Did the Bush administration's CIA “torture” terrorists?

The “torture” issue was well behind us. But Obama has effectively accused Bush of war crimes, thus again deeming his political foes enemies of the state.

In my view, we need to find out who leaked this and hire a friendly but tough foreigner to strap them to a board and pour water in their faces until they say they are sorry. It sounds like a job for Liam Neeson.



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