Talkin’ Obama blues

Talkin’ Obama blues

“We tortured some folks.”

—President Barack Obama

And then he said: “It’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had.”

In short, our “folks” tortured their “folks.”

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One would not go so far as to call this moral equivalence. But as a statement of the presidential mind, it’s awfully confusing.

Mr. Obama made these remarks last week in advance of the release of Democratic Sen.Dianne Feinstein‘s contested congressional report on Bush-era enhanced-interrogation techniques of al Qaeda captives after the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

This week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC poll recorded its lowest approval rating to date for Mr. Obama—40%. Even recent, positive numbers on the economy produced no presidential lift; most respondents think the U.S. has become another dead-in-the-water Japan.

Why the long downhill slide for the Obama presidency?

Short answer: He has talked his way into it.

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