Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

From an NBC program called TODAY comes this exchange:

LAUER: The ones that seem to be less of a threat. But if one of those people that's released goes back and takes part in the planning of, or carrying out of, an attack against U.S. interests, you're gonna have a Willie Horton times 100 situation, on your hands. How are you gonna deal with that?

OBAMA: Of course I'm worried about it. Look the, the, you know I have to make the very best judgments I can make in terms of what's gonna keep the American people safe. And is what, what's gonna uphold our Constitution and our traditions of due process. If we don't uphold our Constitution and our values, that over time, that will make us less safe. And that will be a recruitment tool for organizations like al-Qaeda. That's what I've got do keep my eye on.

This is interesting on two levels. First, the interviewer's concern is the political cost to Lord Obama, not the death and destruction of Americans and American interests. Secondly, Lord O clearly thinks that appeasing his far left base and going into repose against Islamic terror is more important than his primary duty as President: the safety of Americans. But, don't worry, he'll keep his eye on all those terrorists we let go.

Gitmo detention and military tribunals for enemy combatants make us less safe while letting terrorists go free makes us safer. Got it, O. Great.