U-Turn: White House to Object to Release of Detainee Abuse Photos

Last month, there was apparently no threat to national security or to our fighting men and women overseas by releasing photos of detainee abuse from facilities across the globe. A few minutes ago (it is 2:30 p.m. now), White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs articulated a complete and total, 180-degree shift in policy from the Oval Office.

Releasing the photos, Gibbs said on behalf of the president, does nothing for verifying that unfortunate incidents of detainee abuse are in fact being investigated. That information, he said, is widely available on government Web sites. Essentially, it came down to a cost-benefit tradeoff — Obama’s hope to apologize to all and hang our military and intelligence community out to dry was overcome by pressure from those same communities about downhill consequences. The AP and others say that there was pressure from the Defense Department, while Gibbs insists that Obama came about this decision on his own.

I’ve said before that I would praise the president when he makes a correct decision — here, though I don’t like his initial instincts on this issue, and though it took him a while to come to the decision, I applaud Barack Obama for doing so.

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  1. SEE YA LATER ALLIGATOR says:

    My first inclination is to HOLD MY APPLAUSE until Jan. 20, 2013.

  2. CAL says:

    Jeff,
    Enough with applauding Obama for doing something that he should have done in the first place. He has done enough damage anyway by making everyone aware that the photos exist, revealing our interrogation methods to would be terrorists, and scaring White House lawyers who approved the methods by threatening them with prosecution and the loss of their law license. Obama does not deserve any applause on this issue.

  3. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Cal,

    I understand where you’re coming from. However, if my dog has a habit of micturating on the kitchen floor any time he is left in there for two hours, and I come back from being at work all day to find the kitchen to be dry, I’m going to praise him for not micturating on the floor — at least until holding his bladder becomes the norm for him.

    Jeff

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please consider for your daily dozen 5/13/2009 Newsmax by Scott Wheeler “Is there an Obama-Gadhafi link”.

  5. THROW DOG POOP ON THEIR SHOES says:

    Jeff,
    unfortunately we can’t put down paper to catch the crap this president is dishing out.

  6. Michael says:

    Jeff, you are attributing Obama for the shift when you know it was the pressure building against him that should get the credit.

    If your dog wanted to crap on your floor, but someone stepped in to prevent him from doing so, you should applaud that someone and not the dog.

    You are trying too hard to balance on the fence my friend.

  7. tm says:

    You really think that this was not planned out – you are naive
    This was well orchestrated as to appease his left base -
    It would have been political suicide on his part to have continued on. Watching him do the old magaician trick:
    Nothing up my sleeve presto.
    I bet the next move will be to keep Gitmo closed….He is keeping what is all ready there but protesting to upset the right to appease his left loony bins.
    Magician in training.
    The humorous thing is the now infighting of democrats and the unseating of pelosi by her arch enemy steny hoyer (md). Any hope of keeping the left base alive in 2010 would be to get madame dragon off the speaker seat.Maybe dear leader is purposely throwing Madame dragon under his big old chicago bus. He is and always will be campaigning, his ego as well as his teleprompter require him to do so.

  8. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Listen, I’m not suddenly a fan of this guy. He arrived at the right decision (finally), and in the process has pissed off the base which you say he was appeasing.

    Yes, it was outside pressure. Yes, he didn’t want to do it. But he did. Right decision. End of story.

    Now — I totally agree with you on Gitmo. That place will stay open, and the left is going to be livid.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Would this have anything to do with the CIA having info to incriminate BO about his birth certificate?

    Jenny

  10. KENYAN TO THE BONE says:

    you go Jenny!!

    CIA Certificate Is African

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jenny,

    What makes you think the CIA has information to incriminate Obama with his birth certificate?

  12. mdb says:

    Jeff, with all due respect, I think the wool is being pulled over your eyes. If Obama truly does not want the photos made public, he can issue an executive order citing the very reasons he cited today. Instead, he instructed white house counsel to “object” to the disclosure of the photos in court. He is still appeasing the left because those photos will show up in discovery. So much for the “objection”. He is fleecing the right by saying one thing while doing the other. Look! Over here! Shiny, shiny object!

  13. Anonymous says:

    ch says:
    May 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKrVoH6-mcc&feature=PlayList&p=2D9595095269C4FD&index=54

    Here is alien Obama laughing about Air Force 1 plane terrifying and terrorizing New Yorkers. This hardly-a-human needs immediate removal from the oval office. He is inflicting emotional and psychological damage to our citizens. It is absolutely unacceptable that a president mock the suffering of others. I hope New York pulls him into court for abusive treatment of citizens. He is not psychologically fit to be in that office. What a horror. Wake Up America. God protect us.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syma-WyW_P4

    Jim Delaney says:
    May 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm
    Could have cried watching the youtube presentation. How far we’ve wandered from our constitutional foundations. But, I sense a backlash stirring in the heartland. The human spirit may yet turn back the epidemic complacency and the socialist and “ism” tide before irreparable damage is perpetrated on our country. The much maligned tea parties and the state level 10th amendment pushback are telltale indications that grassroots resistance to the gathering tyranny has begun in earnest. Commonsense and decency may still have a chance. I know I will personally do all I can to ensure that my children and my friends understand the “ism” threats to our way of life; for, ultimately, the Constitution and our way of life cannot protect themselves. We each bear that critical burden and honor. So, let’s get to it with vigor and unstinting determination. Don’t let up!

    Godspeed,
    Pixel Patriot

  14. Mike says:

    Jeff, what have you done? All these people come here everyday to get their daily dose of B.O. haterade to get a good night sleep and you’ve let them down big.

    This is a big shock to their immaculate system. Now they’ll all come after you with their pitchforks.

    May god be with you.

    .sarcasm.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry, if I just can’t trust him. He never did anything in his life without feeding his EGO. You know (it just me feeling)when you are eating and the hangry dog is watching every bite of you, thinking ,maybe, you will drop a little piece for him, too. After you are full, you throw him the bone, and he is happy, can’t thank you enough for that piece of bone. He made so many bad decisions for us, the people, that, I just can ‘t ……

  16. Gail B says:

    I don’t trust him, no matter WHAT he says or does! I never saw anybody so underhanded, with so many faces and ulterior motives.

    He realizes that Pelosi will scream as the bus rolls over her about “not” knowing about the interrogation techniques approved and used. Her credibility (and that of all the remaining Democrats who were in office at the time) will be flushed down the toilet if/when the pictures come out.

  17. tm says:

    mdb:
    Thank you, exactly. Said it much better than me.

    Jeff:
    mdb said it soo much better – I do not have your skills as a great writer :)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Regarding the birth certificate, I’ve read on other blogs it is possible they have info about or even a copy of his birth certificate. Just something to ponder when you see the path he takes when the CIA is involved.

    Jenny

  19. Anonymous says:

    12:19
    jenny
    now that you mention it, besides other things, the reaction with the CIA, might very well be that they know a lot about the BC, and other things, together with the fact that it seems that 2 of the people involved in the passport affair are dead, and not much had been said about it
    thus it looks like reactions of sheer blackmail, revenge, etc

  20. MIKES MAN CRUSH says:

    Mike,
    Better haterade than Obama spanish- fly-viagra you libs take. You fall for his BIG EAR to BIG EAR grin, we fortunately have enough hateful sense not to have a man crush stir up. Bet you share your Obama fantasies on Craigslist, huh?

  21. dcomus says:

    You don’t think there is a link to BO now NOT releasing the pictures/documents and this?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22439.html

    “The 10-page document, which was prepared after an April 20 request by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), lists 40 instances in which the CIA briefed members of Congress between September 2002 and March 2009. But they provide a vague description of the briefings, giving just enough information to fuel claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top officials have long known about waterboarding and other tactics but did little to stop the techniques from being used.”

    – before it was all about tarnishing the Bush administration and the CIA by releasing documents…Now that it is clear many Dems in congress WERE aware and said nothing they quickly change their tune and now stop releasing documents.

  22. Patricia says:

    I think it is a stalling technique to slow the release until after his big trip to Egypt and pandering tour to the Muslim countries. Once he is home safely the release can go forward. Think of what images his trip would have if the Muslim street is in an uproar over the photos. It just might appear that he is not loved by the Muslim world and HE cannot have that happen.

  23. Gail B says:

    Patricia said…

    “I think it is a stalling technique to slow the release until after his big trip to Egypt and pandering tour to the Muslim countries. Once he is home safely the release can go forward. Think of what images his trip would have if the Muslim street is in an uproar over the photos. It just might appear that he is not loved by the Muslim world and HE cannot have that happen.”

    That, too, Patricia! Good point!

  24. Gail B says:

    Well, I found Al Jazeera English website (the article I’m on now is here:

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/04/200942512943774687.html

    It seems that Obama changed his mind about the photographs because he wanted to keep as many Republicans happy as possible because he needs votes for his agenda.

    Also, the reason he is in such a hurry is that he knows his popularity is not going to last, and he wants to make as much headway towards socialism as possible.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Jenny:

    You stole my theory!!!

    The CIA OBVIOUSLY has dirt on him…and there is LOTS of topsoil on the top guy!

    Lisa in TX

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