I think this sentence from an essay in the current Time magazine pretty much sums up, not only the tension between Obama’s campaign rhetoric and the present realities in the war against terror, but also his general policies abroad:
“Since then, experts within the government have struggled to come up with a policy that can reconcile the President’s ideological opposition to indefinite detention with the apparent need to make use of it in order to close Guantánamo.”
One can sympathize with Obama, who now faces bad and worse choices on all these matters. But why did the self-righteous Candidate Obama, in Manichean fashion, assert throughout 2007 and 2008 that the Constitution-shredding Bush had gratuitously trampled our rights under the pretext of national security? Moral clarity without responsibility then, complexity with the responsiblity of governance today?