22 January 2009

words versus actions

if words matter (even when the syntax isn't tortured) today's EO's are a classic example of 'one from column A, one from column B'.
ending torture as official US policy ? ended immediately (good)... closing GITMO ? not good enough, not fast enough, and give the damn thing back to Cuba, it's theirs.

BUT... President Obama's statement following the signings could be very important. notice what word is missing ?

The message we are sending around the world is that the US intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly, we are going to do so effectively, and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals ... We intend to win this fight, and we intend to win it on our terms.

the missing word? (or words?) is "WAR" & "WAR on TERROR"