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  •  Obama /= Bush even there. (11+ / 0-)

    The policies are not the same.  He does talk about Obama's reversal to release some of the torture photos (page 232):

    Many of the gruesome photos wee autopsy shots not necessarily related to detainee absue, but this distinction would be erased once they (the photos) were released.  When he finally focused on it, Obama didn't see it as a close call.  He was fully committed to ending torture, but he didn't think that the public would learn anything new" from the photos.  So why inflame the Arab Street?

    "Obama won. Get over it."

    by onanyes on Sat Jul 03, 2010 at 09:54:51 AM PDT

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    •  my response to Alter's point (3+ / 0-)
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      He was fully committed to ending torture, but he didn't think that the public would learn anything new from the photos.  So why inflame the Arab Street?

      What does Alter think would "inflame Arab street" more: Having evidence of the torture regime, or having evidence of the torture regime and then suppressing it?  Apparently, Alter (and Obama) settled on the former.  I strongly think it's the latter.  We might have learned a whole lot more from those photos, and we might have actually been able to get a full account of the Bush Administration's crimes.

      But no, that would just "inflame Arab Street," right?

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