Washington Babylon — May 22, 2009, 8:42 am

Obama’s Flip-Flops on National Security

From, God help me, Charles Krauthammer:

Observers of all political stripes are stunned by how much of the Bush national security agenda is being adopted by this new Democratic government. Victor Davis Hanson (National Review) offers a partial list: “The Patriot Act, wiretaps, e-mail intercepts, military tribunals, Predator drone attacks, Iraq (i.e., slowing the withdrawal), Afghanistan (i.e., the surge) — and now Guantanamo.”

Jack Goldsmith (The New Republic) adds: rendition — turning over terrorists seized abroad to foreign countries; state secrets — claiming them in court to quash legal proceedings on rendition and other erstwhile barbarisms; and the denial of habeas corpus — to detainees in Afghanistan’s Bagram prison, indistinguishable logically and morally from Guantanamo.

You can argue with Krauthammer’s conclusion (“The Bush policies in the war on terror won’t have to await vindication by historians. Obama is doing it day by day.”) but the flip-flopping is unmistakable.

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