How Dick Cheney Cowed Obama
Mary has already linked to this article on how and why Greg Craig got thrown out in comments. But I wanted to make sure everyone read it. The short version of the timeline it describes is:
April 16: Obama releases the torture memos
April 17: Greg Craig moves to release Uighurs in US
April 20: Dick Cheney says mean things about Obama
Late April: A drop in Obama’s ratings on national security
April 23: Administration says it will release torture photos
April 24: Someone (!) leaks Craig’s plan on Uighurs to Congress
May 8: Obama flip-flops on torture photos
Mid-May: Obama flip-flops on military commissions and release of Uighurs
May 21: Obama’s Archive speech marks completion of national security flip-flop
In other words, after having made the right decision on the torture memos, the Obama Administration let Cheney beat them up over doing so. They did not respond publicly. Rather, they simply caved.
Precisely what Cheney wanted them to do.
I guess Dick Cheney is right–Obama can’t stand up to terrorists. Terrorists like Dick Cheney.