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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bush Was Right [continued]

William Mcgurn writes in the WSJ:
Bush Was Right, Says Obama

'We're not handling any of these cases any different from the Bush administration.'

This weekend, Americans were treated to something new: Barack Obama defending his war policies by suggesting they merely continue his predecessor's practices. The defense is illuminating, not least for its implicit recognition that George W. Bush has more credibility on fighting terrorists than does the sitting president.
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The subject was the question of civilian trials for detainees, one that Obama demagogued relentlessly during the campaign. His switch to Bush's position now either indicates duplicity on his part or growth into the job he was elected to fill. Either way it testifies to the fact that George W. Bush was a better and wiser man than his critics would admit.