David Ignatius on Obama’s reversal on the release of Pentagon interrogation photos:
Is this a “Sister Soulja” moment on national security, like bill Clinton’s famous criticism of a controversial rap singer during the 1992 presidential campaign — which upset some liberal supporters but polished his credentials as a centrist? We’ll have to wait and see, but certainly military officers I spoke with this week were pleased — even as the ACLU was indignant.
There are so many problems with this, it’s hard to know where to start. First off, does David Ignatius really believe therre are “centrist” voters out there who will now support Obama because of his decision not to release these photos? Second, this is a policy decision, one I’m not sure I agree with, but one that seems to have been made because of input from the military (and Petraeus in particular). What the hell does that have to do with Bill Clinton condemning an oscure rap singer to distance himself form Jesse Jackson?
Finally, I just don’t understand the Village obsession with having politicians piss off their base. It’s more pronounced when the base is liberals, to be sure, but they were pretty hot and bothered about the idea of a pro-choice Republican VP as well.
Why? Sure it would score points with David Broder, but do they really believe that should be every politician’s highest aspiration?