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August 1, 2014 - 12:48 pm

That was the most astonishing moment of today’s galling Obama press conference.

President Obama had earlier lectured journalists how to do their jobs, ripped Republicans for doing their jobs, and chided everyone within earshot for not wishing him a happy birthday yet.

After that descent into pre-teen self-absorption, the president was asked about whether CIA chief John Brennan had lied to Congress under oath when he said that the agency had never spied on senators and staff who were investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogations of a very few al Qaeda terrorists.

Obama glided past the actual question, other than voicing his full support for Brennan — who either lied to Congress, or doesn’t know what his own agency is doing and does not check his facts before testifying — and refused to wade into that scandal.

His preference, as always, was to wade into an old Bush-era scandal rather than deal with a scandal involving his appointees in his administration. And despite the fact that Congress has not formally accused anyone in the CIA of torturing anyone, Obama did.

“We tortured some folks,” he said of the waterboarding that was used on a very few captured al Qaeda suspects.

That’s a lot to pack into four words.

“Torture” opens up the possibility that CIA officers who were involved in those interrogations will be prosecuted now.

“Folks” minimizes the truly horrible terrorists who were subjected to enhanced interrogation. They are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah. KSM planned 9-11, and had planned airborne terrorist attacks before that. Zubaydah was an al Qaeda senior commander who had extensive knowledge of ongoing al Qaeda plots after 9-11. They’re not “folks.” They’re the kind of enemy operatives who Obama regularly incinerates with drone missiles whenever he gets the chance.

“We tortured some folks” opens up a ghastly can of worms for the United States. It is a public relations victory for every enemy that America has. It tells CIA officers that their anti-terror actions, sanctioned in emergency today, will get them prosecuted tomorrow if a careless president comes along to condemn them. It may even bring up the specter of the Obama administration prosecuting high level Bush administration officials.

Obama will now ride off into his vacation. But the damage he has just done will be with us for a very long time.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Sheer lunatic poetry; The mastermind of the 3000 deaths is referred to as
"Folks". Shouting "Allah Akbar" while murdering unarmed American Soldiers is
"Workplace violence". War on Islamic terrorists is gently toned down to
"Overseas contingency operation". It just rolls off your
Tongue. Illegal immigrants are 'undocumented workers" and on and on.
Our heroic poet-warrior is so larger than life. So powerful yet gentle
As a summer breeze. He is all things to all people. The Prince
Of peace reincarnated and arisen. Lord of....The Flies!"
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The press will go full court in the Fall to save him and his party.
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Obama is a liberal fool. He and his liberals can only be credited with a pot smokescreen for their lies. I note Obama is putting the boot into the C.I.A ever so gently because they have so much on him. Typical Liberal. Throw everyone under the bus as a distraction because you have been a dismal failure in providing leadership. They teach this at Harvard or when you go through the union movement. It's called, "survival of the biggest liar."

The truth us Bush and Obama...both lovers of big government have let the C.I.A off the leash and torture is the very smallest of issues when it comes to the conduct of the C.I.A.


Taking away our internet freedoms and privacy and arming and training terrorists is a much more serious issue. As usual liberals focus on the splinter in someones eye when they have a log in their own. They also focus on the splinter in their finger and others while a log is rolling down the hill to crush our freedoms.

Democrats should be in charge not the C.I.A but Obama has no idea what is going on. The log rolling in is Muslim extremists and ISIS who have been trained and weaponised by the C.I.A.

The C.I.A backed these terrorists in Libya and trained ISIS in Jordan and Turkey. This is why they are so brazen. Torture is just a distraction from the wildfire. It is a needle in the haystack.

The log is picking up speed and the governments in the West including our government in Australia want to give more powers to intelligence agencies dictated to by a C.I.A that is hopeless, hapless and dangerous. Waterboarding is our biggest issue? What a rediculous smokescreen that only a liberal could put up. Do people realise what morons they are for thinking these "liberals" or "progressives" are actually smart or have any common sense or emotional intelligence.
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You just cannot make this stuff up.....if the most hated, partisan, southern white male, normalsexual, conservative pundit had written a book 10 years ago describing the ascent to power and subsequent dismantling of American society by a half-black, mooslim, marxist, bi-sexual, weakling, leftist, America hating radical.....he would have been publicly scorned and ridiculed as a racist, bigot, queer basher somewhere on par with David Duke, the Westboro wierdos, or Bibi Netanyahu (sarc). I know that I never imagined that not only is all of that occurring before our very eyes, but also that a significant proportion of the American populace is going along with the insanity. I just have to believe most of them are either gullible, naive, or just plain stoopid....I cannot bring myself to believe 47% of Americans actually want to destroy our society. The ones that actually know what they are doing/supporting and why, are very truly domestic enemies of the United States and should be called out for their 5th column activities and adjudicated accordingly. But, then we'd lose about 80% of our TV and print news organizations....

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Sheer lunatic poetry; The mastermind of the 3000 deaths is referred to as
"Folks". Shouting "Allah Akbar" while murdering unarmed American Soldiers is
"Workplace violence". War on Islamic terrorists is gently toned down to
"Overseas contingency operation". It just rolls off your
Tongue. Illegal immigrants are 'undocumented workers" and on and on.
Our heroic poet-warrior is so larger than life. So powerful yet gentle
As a summer breeze. He is all things to all people. The Prince
Of peace reincarnated and arisen. Lord of....The Flies!"
7 weeks ago
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He is...and the flies always find him.
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