Okay. President Obama did not really "endorse" this blog (headline uses dramatic license). What he did, in his flip flop on those alleged "prisoner abuse" photos, was officially recognize the stupidity of providing propaganda to our enemies for no other purpose than to facilitate anti-American propaganda. Yes, this kind of stuff costs American lives, and the lives of others. Remember Newsweek, and the FALSE story about a guard urinating on the Koran? I have no hesitation in saying it: Newsweek has blood on its hands, and the mainstream media is general has American blood on its hands in many ways, and in many different anti-American stories.
Nope. Rleleasing these photos woud have NO legitimate purpose. Publicizing the photos would have no legitimate purpose. There are NO policy implications in the details of these photos, and NO invormation to be learned. These photos have only one purpose: To be used as anti-American propaganda by our enemies, and by the anti-American mainstream media (which might also think they are still attacking the Bush Administration), deluded as they are, which is the interest the interest the left has in these photos beyond the anti-American bias of most of the left).
There is a well known legal principle applicable here, even though good attorneys regularly try to get around it (often successfully, because the principle conflicts with the kind of thinking--mostly of the left--that ANY "evidence" going more to emotional attack than reason is okay because people have a "right" to see it) That accepted legal principle of evidence is that evidence should NOT be seen by a jury where the great "prejudicial" effect of the "evidence" outweighs the probative effect, because of the emotional content of the "evidence". For example, whehter a defendant is a child molester MIGHT have some marginal relevance on whether the defendant is guilty of theft, but that is not the real reason a prosecutor might want to use the evidence. The real reason is that a jury would be sorely tempted to convict a child molester of theft merely for being a child molester.
We KNOW that our mainstream media is ready to spread anti-American propaganda, and to EXAGGERATE the real meaning of such things as "abuse" photogramphs. Our ENEMIES may only be slightly worse, if worse at all, but that is clearly the purpose to which they would put these photos in the Muslim world. The idea that either our media or our enemiess are interested in the "truth" is laughable.
For a long while, until I thought I had already made my point, I used this blog as virtually a chronicle of the anti-Amiercan bias on the "Anti-Ameircan, Despicable Associated Press" (always use complete, official name in first mention). I QUOTED examples, and cited specific stories day after day. As just one example, the trully despticable, anti-American AP tried to make a big issue, FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE FACT, over an alleged atrocity by SOUTH KOREANS during the Korean War. Not content eith that, the anti-Ameircan, deespicable AP tried to make a big issuee out of American air raids (actually U. N. air raids, since it was a U. N. operation primarily cpmdicted bu tje American military) allegedly killing civilians during the RETREAT in the early days of the Korean War. You just don't get any more anti-American than that, and for that alone I fully expect to meet AP personnel in Hell (if Hell exists). You might gather that my utter contempt of the AP, CNN, MSNBC, and all of the rest of the mainstream media is unbounded, and you would be right. I have no respect at all for them, and this blog has proven conclusively that such people truly are anti-American in bais, and perfectly willinn to exaggerate and spread anti-American propaganda--even propaganda fed to them by terrorists, and/or terrorist sympathizers, killing Americans.
Yes, we are getting to how President Obama ENDORSED this blog, or at least the positin this blog took long ago. President Obama just did not take as many logical steps as this blog did.
This blog made all of the points made by President Obama with regard to those tapes of terrorist interrogation destroyed by personnel at the CIA (personnel which the Democrats were threatening to CRIMINALLY prosecute, if they could not get to Cheney or Bush using the same lever).
Where this blog was say ahead of Obama, and still is, was my evaluatioin (see archives) that the CIA people who destroyed those tapes were HEROES.
If what President Obama (and I) said about the evil of releasing this kind of photographic information is true, does it not follow that people who DESTROYED video tapes that would have eventually have been used as anti-American propaganda (including by our own mainstream media and people like Nancy Pelosi) were HEROES?
I think this logic is clearly correct. The people who destoryed interrogation tapes SAVED Obama, and everyone else, from hiaving to face this "issue" with regard to those tapes. Good for them I salute them. There were and/or are HEROES.
P. S.: I heard a guy from the Powerline blog question Obama's real intentions here, since Obama is taking action at the 11th hour, after a Federal Circuit Court has already ordered the tapes released. The point is that President Obama should NOT be making new arguments in court, at thjis late date, but rather should be issuing an Executive Order--as permitted under the Freedom of Information Act--declaring the photos in question a matter of natinal securitym, and excempt from disclosure under the FOIA. Problem: What about that gutless wonder, President Bush? Did HE not have the opportunity to issue such an Executive Order? Yes, President Obama is pretty late to the table on this one, but the iea that it is so simple to protect these photos from disclosure merely represents yet another INDICTMENT of President Bush (see previous entry). Even if late, it is good to see President Obama coming around to the point of view of this blog--if ony he would go the whole way and stop this witch hunt against Americans who did their best to protect us after 9/11, in good faith.