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Minority Report 2: Escape from Guantanamo Bay…or not.

I love Rachel Maddow.  What a razor sharp wit.  I love smart, witty women.  Every time I watch her it’s as if she’s reaching into my brain and watering my neurons so that they may grow.  I feel smarter just watching her show after half an hour.   There’s something attractive about that.  I would totally wife that up.  That’s right.  Next to Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Monica Bellucci, Jaime Lynn Sigler, Salma Hayek, Roselyn Sanchez, Tatiana Ramos, the chick from the ‘Creu’ video…

ANYWAY…check out this clip.  I find myself posting more videos than blogging, but somehow MSNBC seems to always beat me to the punch.

I couldn’t have said it better myself, but that won’t stop me from trying.   First of all, what blatant hypocrisy from the Obama administration. I refuse to believe that Obama doesn’t see the obvious contrast between his words on protecting the rule of law vs. his talk of “prolonged detention”.   And because I refuse to believe that, I also believe that he knowingly betrays the principles of the Constitution by his words.  I expected this from Bush.  Everybody expected it from Bush.

There’s one reason we’re holding these prisoners without a trial for the rest of their lives, and that reason is the fear that they might come back to harm us.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the conversation within the Oval Office sounded like.  It was Obama, his bad boy Rahm Emanuel, the CIA, the FBI, and good ol’ Joe Biden, God bless him.  The CIA and the FBI just KNOW all sorts of crazy shit about the Guantanamo detainees.  They just KNOW.  Obama has been briefed, he is privy to knowledge that the rest of us don’t have, and maybe he knows for a fact that if he releases them, they will come back to get us.  Only problem is, we tortured them.  And just like that, these guys walk.  On a technicality.   Their cases would get thrown out as a result of the Bush administration’s crimes (and they WERE crimes, Obama…).  But seeing as we just KNOW that these guys are going to get us if we let them go…we can’t let them go.

What kills me is that Obama talks about principles while abandoning them in the exact same speech.  The way I see it, this is the kind of dilemma that tests America’s principles.  It tests our very Constitution.    In fact, this isn’t’ even a test, this is the real fucking thing.  NOW is when we’re supposed to be getting it right!   What is the point of sending troops to die?  Our leaders always like talking about how our military fights for freedom and democracy.  If we won’t even honor the fallen by maintaining the ideals that our leaders say they were sent to die for, then why have a Constitution in the first place?  Just tear that shit up.

I’ve always suspected Obama of being a principled man.  But practicality, compromise – these things have always been his strong points, not principle.   He, like other centrists such as Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Lieberman, seem to like to play it politically safe.  I just always thought that unlike those other Politicians I just mentioned, he actually believed in the Third Way, the “coming together” solution.  He didn’t strike me as a slimy, triangulating, wishy-washy, middle of the road, corporations first – un-principled – Politician.  He struck me as a real leader, with real principles, who just so happened to believe in practical solutions.  Obama probably knows that his public perception is taking a big hit for this; he had sold himself as a leader who promised change and the situation is such that he is faced with the prospect of having to break yet another promise, to fail the American people yet again.  If he were a principled man, this issue of “prolonged detention” would be killing him.  I hope it is.   If he is not suffering inside at the prospect of betraying his principles and everything this country is supposed to stand for, then he is just another Nancy Pelosi, another Hillary Clinton, another Joe Lieberman, all too comfortable with compromise on issues where there should be NO compromise…all for the sake of “practicality”.

Or maybe that’s just the way I’d think.  I’d like to think that I’d be a principled President.  Every single person in Guantanamo would be released, no questions asked, not simply by virtue of the fact that their having been tortured renders their cases tainted, but by virtue of the fact that BOTH the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were ILLEGAL.  There’s been a lot of talk about the criminality of the Iraq invasion, but nobody talks about how even our invasion of Afghanistan was illegal.  That’s for another day, though.

And that’s why I’d never run for public office…that and my knack for saying and writing things that would make Joe Biden look as tactful as Abraham Lincoln.  God bless Joe Biden.

PS:  Speaking of political incorrectness, Ms. California is taking way too much heat for this shit.  I don’t agree with Carrie Prejean, but what was that douchebag Perez Hilton expecting when he asked her that question?  Was he looking for a ‘yes’ answer to validate his own sexual orientation?  A ‘no’ answer so he could start a shitstorm over it?  Now they’re making fun of her tits?   Hey guys, that’s the kind of argument you resort to when you’re LOSING…