Some Obama critics need more thought, less emotion

Eric Holder, as reported in yesterday’s New York Times, says he has no desire to launch a criminal investigation of the CIA’s investigation of terror suspects, but that the facts and law leave him with no choice. “Given all of the information currently available, it is clear to me that this review is the only responsible course of action for me to take.”

Herbert Meyer writing at American Thinker has a different view:

By authorizing Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether a full criminal investigation of CIA employees and contractors is warranted for the manner in which they interrogated captured terrorists, the President has thrown his power and support behind those far-left ideologues—in Congress and elsewhere—who believe that the CIA is a bigger threat to our country than al Qaeda.

Unfortunately, the rest of Meyer’s article is poorly written, poorly argued, and overheated, like far too many articles at that misnamed website. In one paragraph, for example, Meyer catalogs Obama’s anti-American, pro-Islam stances, and then he offers this summary: “the conclusion is inescapable: President Obama is throwing the switch from offense back to defense, and returning the US to its September 10 mindset.” But the pre-9/11 mindset Meyer had described earlier in the piece was not anti-American, it was simply naive. It consisted of America’s “[wishing] only to stay out of the world’s problems and to focus instead on our own domestic issues.”

That was an example of Meyer not paying attention to his own argument. Here’s an example of his not knowing the most basic facts. He says that after the 9/11 attack, President Bush

undertook a Global War on Terrorism to defeat all of those states and groups that subscribed to the radical Islam ideology. [emphasis Meyer’s]

Obviously Bush never undertook to defeat “all” states and groups that subscribe to radical Islamic ideology. To take the most obvious case, Bush didn’t seek to defeat Saudi Arabia. On the contrary, he assiduously cultivated a warm friendship with the Saudis, encouraged Saudi immigration into the U.S., and allowed the Saudis to keep funding the construction of radical Islamic mosques in the U.S. and supplying them with Jew- and Christian-hating literature.

A writer who claims that Bush “undertook a Global War on Terrorism to defeat all of those states and groups that subscribed to the radical Islam ideology” is a ridiculous ignoramus, a brainless Bush-bot of the type that cheered and enabled Bush’s off-the-planet rhetoric and disastrous policies over the last eight years—the same rhetoric and policies that so discredited and exhausted the GOP that Obama was elected. If Obama is to get the criticism he deserves, his conservative opponents are going to have to do better than this.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 26, 2009 10:56 AM | Send

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