Obama Pleases the Right

May 17, 2009

Republicans salute Obama’s military tack

He pushed through the House a spending bill to finance the war in Afghanistan and reversed himself, deciding to fight the release of photos purportedly showing humiliating treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Obama also announced he would have some detainees at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tried by military commissions, putting him at odds with much of his liberal political base, but winning striking praise from Republicans who contrasted his sober decisions against the accusations of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the CIA has lied to her and Congress continually.

“I think you see the difference between a man who understands the war and the threat and a politician who is bent on political revenge,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.

“What’s driving Nancy Pelosi is this hatred of [former President George W.] Bush, and being in bed with the hard left,” Mr. Graham said. “Contrast that with the president of the United States, who’s making some pretty intelligent, well-reasoned decisions about trying to clean up the old system but not throwing it out.”

Ok, I’ll give the guy some credit since it’s due. Now Obama is appearing to look more like Bush, the question is when are the anti-war lefties going to start protesting Obama? After all, his policies are almost identical. If Bush is bad, then isn’t Obama? Or is the message more like ‘We are only against Republican Presidents that fight wars’?

Some ‘standards’ they have, eh?