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Week of 13 April 2009


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This Week's Commentary: Volume VIII, Number 13
Obama Wins Somali Pirate Test -- President Barack Obama faced his first hostage crisis these last few days, and he proved himself to be more Ronald Reagan than Jimmy Carter. The hostage walked free, and three pirates were dropped by three Navy SEAL bullets. A fourth pussied out and will face the first American pirate trial in almost 200 years. The Somali pirates have vowed revenge. Their terms are acceptable inasmuch as their firepower is fourth-rate and their ability to hit a target is laughable. This journal will take the SEALs and give the points. [April 13]

Obama Eases Sanctions on Cuba -- One of the least successful US foreign policy efforts is the embargo against Cuba. Yesterday, President Obama moved a little bit closer to abandoning this stupid and ineffective policy. Cubans in exile and Americans with Cuban relatives on the island will be allowed to travel more or less freely and to send money to their family. Naturally, there are some voices that say this is giving in to the Castro regime, but in reality, the economic blockade has been in place since 1962, and the Castros are still in power. Enough is enough. [April 14]

Bo Obama Joins First Family -- During the late presidential campaign, then-Senator Barrack Obama let the world know he had promised his daughters a dog when it was all over, win or lose. He has now kept that promise with the addition of a Portuguese Water Dog to the family. “Bo” is a 6-month-old neutered male who adds to the Obama's picture perfect, happy family image. There's a saying in Washington that if one wants a friend in that hyper-political town, one ought to get a dog. It's true of a great many other places. [April 15]

Obama Gives CIA Torturers a Pass -- Earlier today, the Justice Department released four legal memos upon which the Bush administration relied to argue that its treatment of prisoners by the CIA was not illegal. The memos make for appalling reading, a national humiliation. It is clear that the purpose was to justify actions the Busheviks wanted to take, not to explain what the law would permit. As bad as that is, Mr. Obama has erred dangerously in stating that no CIA operative or contractor who followed this legal advice will be prosecuted. It is a pragmatic move on his part that sadly offers up a bit of America's soul. It is his first big mistake. [April 16]

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