Someone remind me exactly what I voted for last November? NYT:
The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terror suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but will monitor their treatment to insure they are not tortured, administration officials said on Monday.
But, why send them to foreign countries unless they will be tortured, and-or their “arrests” (whatever that means in the context of being kidnapped by U.S. agents in a third county) were improper. In sum, an attempt to continue the Bush administration’s end run around our laws.
Signing statements that assert a unilateral Presidential power to rewrite laws. Indefinite detention without trial. A withdrawal from Iraq roughly in line with that proposed by President Bush — which is to say, an indefinite occupation army. A dramatic increase in spending on the war in Afghanistan without any clear statement of our objective there. Lots of money for bankers. At this rate, I won’t be very surprised if the big push for health care reform winds up as the Bush prescription drug benefit 2.0: top dollar for health care corporations, happy talk for everyone else.
I’m full of hope, but in the “Significant Changes from the Bush Administration Department” this is all I have to date, and it’s pretty paltry compared to the paragraph above: more money for foreign abortions, easier employment discrimination lawsuits, stem cell research allowed, and CIA secret prisons closed. Afertig notes an investigation into our torturers. I’ll add the release of the torture memos. Syphax notes advocacy for a multi-lateral cap on greenhouse gas emissions and appointment of some environmentally-minded people to important positions (which, of course, to paraphrase, is not change itself, only the possibility for change). And that, my friends, in one thin paragraph, is all the substantive change the hive mind can come up with to date.
I’m happy to update this with any other significant changes I have missed if you add them in the comments.