President Barack Obama fought Thursday to retake command of the emotional debate over closing Guantanamo, denouncing "fear-mongering" by political opponents and insisting that maximum-security prisons in the U.S. can safely house dangerous terror suspects transferred from Cuba.Back in April I speculated that Obama was about to lose control of the torture debate to Cheney, blogging:
I'll say this for Cheney: unlike the current occupant of the White House, the former VP has spoken with a sense of conviction on the topic of torture.Obama's speech today comes as more pretty words backed by scant recent evidence of decisive action. And it's rather late in the game. To paraphrase (and modify) that old Bush cliche: You're either with the Constitution, or your against it. I believe there is no "middle ground" in the torture debate on which a leader can stand. That's the main reason Obama has lost control of the debate.