Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making America Look Bad

Liz Cheney (Dick Cheney's daughter) wonders why this administration only seems to want to release things that puts America in a bad light. I wonder as well:

"I have heard from families of sevicemembers, from families of 9/11 victims, this question about, you know, 'When did it become so fashionable for us to side, really, with the terrorists?'" Ms. Cheney said on Fox News Channel. "You know, for us to put information out that hurts American soldiers?"Cheney said Obama administration officials "seem only to be interested in releasing things that really paint America in a negative light, and don't give the American people a full picture of what went on."Last month, the Obama administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over to the American Civil Liberties Union 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration.

"I think that it is really appalling that the administration is taking this step," Liz Cheney said today. "Clearly, you know, they're releasing images that really show American military men and women in a very negative light. And President Obama has a lot of sort of rhetoric about support for our military families and support for our men and women who are fighting overseas but, you know, if he really cares about them he wouldn't be making such an effort to release photos that show them in a negative light."White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was today asked about a letter from Sens. Joe Lieberman, D-Ind., and Lindsey Graham, R-SC, asking him to reverse the decision, saying the "release of these old photographs of past behavior that has now been clearly prohibited can serve no public good, but will empower al-Qaeda propaganda operations, hurt our country’s image, and endanger our men and women in uniform."

Releasing the photos serve no purpose. Americans are fully aware of when we have failed. We have punished those responsible. It really boggles the mind why Obama seems determined to constantly degrade America and apologize for us.

Thank God the Cheney's are willing to take this admininstration to task.

*Update! Well, well. We have to give credit where credit is due. Obama is reversing himself and trying to keep the photos from being released, believing "that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court." Fox News reported that commanders on the ground in Iraq had been meeting with Iraqi officials trying soften the damage that would have occurred with the release of the photos. Given that, and meeting with Commander General Ray Odierno probably convinced Obama to do the right thing. Don't think the blunt words from Liz Cheney didn't have an effect either.