Obama Acting Like Bush?

May 15, 2009 10:45am

The headline of the morning is that President Obama is planning on bringing back those military commission trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. As ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper points out on his blog "Political Punch", human rights groups are already up in arms over Obama’s move:  Human rights activists expressed disappointment with President Obama’s decision to restore revamped military commission trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay.  "Everyone knows the military commissions have been a dismal failure," Gabor Rona, the international legal director of Human Rights First, tells the Los Angeles Times in what will no doubt be a harbinger of human rights groups reaction today. "The results of the cases will be suspect around the world. It is a tragic mistake to continue them." So what is President Obama doing?  He also just reversed course in refusing to release photos of detainee interrogation.  The President feels the photos won’t add to our collective understanding of what happened and will only lead to anger towards our troops who are in harms way.  Some on the left are furious claiming the President is taking a page from his predecessor’s secretive playbook.  And now he’s bringing back military tribunals? ABC’s Rick Klein gets into it this morning in "The Note":  Hovering above it all is the nation’s newest hawk: President Obama, who continues with a series of decisions that look a bit more like those that would have been made by President Bush than Candidate Obama. (And that have at least the appearance of responding to pressure from his right — to the dismay of those on his left.)  Yes, this is cleaning up messes left for the president by his predecessor. But it’s getting messy on Obama’s side of the room. Are these growing pains for a new administration or intelligent flexibility on the part of a commander in chief dealing with thorny issues?

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