When Obama won the presidency last November, I wasn't happy. I voted against him. But he won, and I was determined to give him a fair chance. He is, after all, my president, even if he isn't of my political orientation. A little over three weeks in and I am finding less and less to like about President Obama.
I disagreed with the idea of removing waterboarding from our arsenal. This wasn't a widespread practice, we used waterboarding in a total of three very specific and crucial instances which yielded information that demonstrably saved lives. By any objective measure, waterboarding isn't real torture — we waterboard our own soldiers as part of special ops training. I'll acknowledge that perhaps I am not on the side of the angels here, though can any country at war always be on the side of the angels? But fine, I can't argue that it is a morally questionable practice, even if it's nowhere near the scale of behavior our enemies have used on captured Americans. Then again, beheading isn't torture either.
Then I heard that Obama wanted to reverse Don't Ask Don't Tell. Really, Obama, really? The economy is sinking, we are facing two wars, and you're worried about soldiers in a foxhole expressing their sexuality openly and freely? What about the actual job that the military has to do? I'm not saying that this Clinton era compromise was the greatest legislation ever, Don't Ask Don't Tell was absolute crap. But it silenced an issue that we really shouldn't have been talking about and Clinton understood that. America understood it and accepted it, for the most part. After all, our military is there for one thing, to protect American freedom and interests overseas. I for one don't want anyone on active duty expressing their sexuality, hetero or otherwise. If you think I'm way off here, just remember that somewhere in Iran, there are soldiers laughing at our gay military. And that's precisely the problem with this feel good nonsense.
Next up, let's close Gitmo and halt any current proceedings, Supreme Court sanctioned proceedings mind you, to bring justice to Americans hurt by 9/11. And no plan for what to do with the terrorists we were storing there. Do we really put them in a regular U.S. jail, even a supermax, where they can be idolized by the criminal population, while simultaneously turning the jail into an instant terrorist target? And who besides Jack Murtha's minimum security prison is willing to take these despicable creatures? And what exactly was so wrong with Gitmo in the first place? Not to mention the obvious issues with trying them in our regular justice system.