“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.”
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.