bin Laden Dead
May 2, 2011
You’ll have heard by now that our guys killed Osama bin Laden yesterday. Apparently we were able to locate him because of intelligence obtained from detainees at Guantanamo Bay, which some suggest would not have been possible without waterboarding.
I don’t mean to drag this great accomplishment by our military and intelligence down into petty partisanship, but inasmuch as there are partisans on the other side who see this as an opportunity to score political points for President Obama, and against President Bush, I just thought you should know that there have been real benefits from things like Guantanamo. This is the same Guantanamo of which Obama in 2008 said things like
I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. . . .
I have said repeatedly that America doesn’t torture. And I’m going to make sure that we don’t torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.
We can set the highest standards around the world for human rights and rule of law and close Guantanamo and restore habeas corpus.
Then-candidate Obama also referred to “the Bush Administration’s attempt to create a legal black hole at Guantanamo — yet another failed policy supported by John McCain.” See also “Guantanamo Closure Called Obama Priority”.
As Rush Limbaugh put it, President Obama deserves credit for continuing the successful Bush policies that made this accomplishment possible.
The National Journal tries to give a fair and balanced round-up of the debate over this so far.
See also Fox News (but only in the Hispanic version, apparently?) on what I would call a salutary resurgence of cultural confidence in the sometimes self-hating West.