White House senior adviser David Axelrod says President Barack Obama spent about a month pondering whether to release Bush-era memos about CIA interrogation techniques, and considered it “a weighty decision.”
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“He thought very long and hard about it, consulted widely, because there were two principles at stake,” Axelrod said . “One is … the sanctity of covert operations … and keeping faith with the people who do them, and the impact on national security, on the one hand. And the other was the law and his belief in transparency.”
...This is totally unnecessary. … Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by ensuring they can never be used again — even in a ticking-time- bomb scenario where thousands or even millions of American lives are at stake."
I don't believe Obama would intentionally endanger the nation. So why then did he?
It must be that he thinks either the previous administration, including the CIA professionals who have defended this program, is lying about its importance and effectiveness.
Or he believes we are no longer really at war and no longer face the kind of grave threat to our national security this program has protected against.
What do you think?