Friday, April 24, 2009

Obama backs away from truth commission on torture memos

President Obama backed away from the idea of a truth commission to investigate the torture memos, saying that he wants to look forward instead of backward.

In fairness to him, it will be very difficult to get a non-partisan commission together. Democrats are split over the issue. Republican legislators, for the most part, seem proud that CIA agents tortured prisoners of war. It will be very hard to tell the whole truth when the atmosphere is so partisan.

Telling the truth about torture should be done to heal the soul of the nation and the souls of those who conducted or authorized the torture. If it is done for partisan gain, it will not heal. This is the wrong time to tell the truth.

However, that doesn't change the fact that Dick Cheney and many other Republicans are basically acting like they are proud that we tortured prisoners of war. This is unacceptable.

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