Um, Obama? It’s a bit pointless going around Asia talking about open societies and basic freedoms when at home you’re trying to cover up what the government you now represent did as recently as last year:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has blocked the release of more photographs of foreign detainees abused by their American captors, saying their release would endanger American soldiers.
The Obama administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court late Friday saying Mr. Gates had invoked new powers blocking the release.
And here voters for whom these sorts of issues are important were thinking that replacing a Republican President with a Democrat was going to make a difference. You’re going around the world advocating for “democracy”, whilst demonstrating that on fundamental issues at home – like accountability for torture – American citizens never actually got a meaningful choice.
At least the order only covers the Bush era, and you’re taking responsibility for what goes on on your watch. That’s a tiny step forward, I suppose.