Yeah, I could be wrong, and I could be alone in my thinking. But I believe there are a few of you out there who see the things that are happening and wonder what is the world is he doing and why is he doing it.
Just last week there was this:
The Obama administration said Friday that it would appeal a district court ruling that granted some military prisoners in Afghanistan the right to file lawsuits seeking their release. The decision signaled that the administration was not backing down in its effort to maintain the power to imprison terrorism suspects for extended periods without judicial oversight. In a court filing, the Justice Department also asked District Judge John D. Bates not to proceed with the habeas-corpus cases of three detainees at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul, Afghanistan.
Tina Foster, the executive director of the International Justice Network, which is representing the detainees, condemned the decision in a statement. “Though he has made many promises regarding the need for our country to rejoin the world community of nations, by filing this appeal,President Obama has taken on the defense of one of the Bush administration’s unlawful policies founded on nothing more than the idea that might makes right,” she said.
But do you remember when he said this:
In September 2006, Obama said on the Senate floor that “restricting somebody’s right to challenge their imprisonment indefinitely is not going to make us safer. In fact, recent evidence shows it is probably making us less safe.”
See, he is trying to tell us something I think. He also did this before. He said he wasn't going to use the Executive Orders and Signing Statements like Bush did. And he hasn't so far. Well, he doesn't want to. He is waiting on Congress to step up and do their damn job.
If they would pass a law, stating these people had rights, just like everyone else does, and overturn the orders Bush put in place, Pres. Obama could then sign it and it would be taken care of. He would follow the law.
As, FDR said.. “Force me to do what I said.” That's what he is asking us to do. That's what Pres. Obama is asking Congress to do.
As a commenter at another blog I go to said so very well,
“ It's time for them to reign in the executive in such a way that it becomes legal precedent and not expect Obama to do it for them by executive order alone. The problem is they are content to lament this in news conferences and press shows while not seriously considering action because, once again, they don't know how to make the argument against what's being done. It's once again the "We Don't Have The Votes/There Are More Important Issues Right Now/Is That My Phone Ringing?/Blah Blah Blah" excuse for why they don't have the balls to make it happen. “
That's what I mean. I think that is what he is saying, but he can't come out and tell them to do their job, it is up to them and us. We have to hold them and him to it.
It is the same with holding the Bush Administration accountable for the crimes they committed, it really isn't up to Pres. Obama to accuse or charge them with crimes. That is not for the Executive branch of the Government. That should come under the Judicial or the Legislative also. Again it goes back to Congress or the Attorney General to get the process started.
Once it is started, then if needed Pres. Obama might weigh in, but he is really out of any criminal proceedings in the Government.
Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am living in a dream world and just buying into all of this, but this is what I am thinking.
After the horrors of the last 8 years, I want to believe again. I want to think we have someone different and good in the White House and I refuse to give up this soon. So, I for one am not going to write him off yet. I am going to continue to believe and hope and look for the change I worked for, called for, knocked on doors for and finally voted for.