President Obama has been doing what he does best this week, reading The Prompter and lecturing America. His theme this week is upholding America’s values and moving away from the torture policies of the evil Bush administration. From his National Archives speech on GITMO,

We uphold our most cherished values not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and keeps us safe. Time and again, our values have been our best national security asset in war and peace; in times of ease and in eras of upheaval.

Byron York at the Washington Examiner says “Obama’s shallow rhetoric” is getting tiresome. Sure is. It is also exposing him as a rhetorical fraud of Clintonian proportions. Having followed Barack Obama for a few years now, it is clear that his words are meaningless. The difference between his words and deeds, remember? So, while he’s busy lecturing us about our moral failures and shortcomings, guess what Mr. Restore our Reputation in the World is doing,

U.S. Relies More on Aid of Allies in Terror Cases

WASHINGTON — The United States is now relying heavily on foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate and detain all but the highest-level terrorist suspects seized outside the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to current and former American government officials.

The change represents a significant loosening of the reins for the United States, which has worked closely with allies to combat violent extremism since the 9/11 attacks but is now pushing that cooperation to new limits.

In the past 10 months, for example, about a half-dozen midlevel financiers and logistics experts working with Al Qaeda have been captured and are being held by intelligence services in four Middle Eastern countries after the United States provided information that led to their arrests by local security services, a former American counterterrorism official said.

Hmmmmmmmmm. What’s the word I’m searching for here….


As Hot Air notes, this is the second Bush terror policy despised by the left that has been adopted by Obama in three days. Oh the horror! Hey Hollywood, it’s time to greenlight Rendition II, The Obama Chronicles! After all, who could forget that dissent is the highest form of patriotism! I’m sure the Sunday morning talk shows will be filled with outraged liberal media pundits and Democratic politicians who are seething that our country and her cherished values are “outsourcing torture“. Riiiiiight. This reminds me of something I read earlier this week at Don Luskin’s blog, The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid. While you enjoy the Sunday morning silence from Hollywood, the media and the left in general at the evil rendition and torture policies of the Obama administration:), ponder this question…

What If George W. Bush

…had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved? …had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have approved?

…had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

…had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

…had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?

…had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

…had proposed doubling the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

…had then proposed doubling the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved? …had promised detailed tracking of the spending from a $785 Billion Stimulus Bill and then postponed that oversight until 2010, would you approve or would you think something “smelled fishy”? If Bush had promised 48 hour advance posting of the same bill on the internet and only released it two hours before congressional approval, would you wonder what was being hidden from the public?

had been “addicted” to using a TelePrompTer, and was afraid to give a speech without having one, would you have approved ? Would you think he was intellegent? had pre-approved/pre-picked the list of reporters allowed to ask questions at his press conferences and refused to call on the correspondent from MSNBC (FOX with Obama), would you have approved? Is that a Fair and Balanced news conference? and a Republican Congress had given hundreds of millions of dollars to a group (the right-wing equivalent of ACORN) after its members had been convicted of voter registration fraud, would you approve of them to doing the 2010 Census, which will determine congressional districts for 10 years? Will you trust ACORN in 2010?

If Bush’s White House Staff had spent over $300,000 flying Air Force One low over New York (for a publicity photo flyby with the Statue of Liberty) frightening the city, wouldn’t you have expected Bush to make the pictures public? Would you have approved? Obama won’t give them up, but he will release the secret “torture memos”.

Would you have approved of George W. Bush moving the Census from the Dept. of Commerce into the White House and putting his Chief of Staff in control of the counting?

Obama’s done all this in 14 weeks — so we still have three years, eight-and-a-half months full of surprises ahead of us.