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June 07, 2009


Suppose a President made a major speech in which he focused on misdeeds his party had committed and ignored worse misdeeds done by the other party. Suppose he presented false accusations against his party as if they were accurate. I think people would question his loyalty to the party and might ask rhetorically which side he was on. In fact, Obama has never made such a speech. His loyalty to the Democratic Pary is unquestionable.

IMHO Obama's recent middle east speech may have reflected naivety, but certainly not disloyalty. To me, this column is persuasive.

Nevertheless, it's interesting to contrast Obama's willingness or even eagerness publicly to criticize his country against his unwillingness to criticize his party.

"publicly... criticize his country"? What the heck are you talking about and what does that have to do with the topic at hand?

rone, according to Brendan's post, Obama said the Iraq war was a "war of choice" which could be taken as a criticism of it. His assertion that torture was practiced at Gitmo was not only a criticism of the US, but an incorrect one.

IMHO any US official abroad should be "selling" her/his country and certainly not running it down. I agree that Inhofe's attack on Obama was over the top. However, I think Obama deserved to be criticized for failing to take the side of his country in his public comments abroad.

David -

Anything Obama says will be "taken as" criticism of this country by cheap hypocritical GOP partisan hacks. That this phenomenon exists does not establish any fact at all.

As for a claim that detainees have been tortured at Guantanamo Bay, it is most certainly true and has in fact been extensively reported (follow up the 187 citations in this article).

Admitting when our nation's officals have violated federal and international law is not criticism, these are just the facts we have to come to terms with. You might try it some time.

Anyone notice that Arlen Specter was one of the 33 Republicans who voted for that amendment? He really is the least principled Senator, isn't he?

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