Stuck on the Same Page

Frank Rich is halfway towards understanding the significance of Obama’s pivot Bushward:

No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.

Obama can’t turn the page on the Bush administration because he’s faced with the same challenges and the same limited array of responses.  If Frank Rich thinks that wet towels on the faces of three terrorists constitute an “eight-year nightmare,” try to imagine the tone of his displeasure had Bush let us get hit again. Obama may have entered office with certain “high ambitions,” but after a few classified briefings any president can be made to understand that the highest ambition in the post-9/11 world is keeping the U.S. attack-free, not carbon-neutral. Obama now finds himself locked into responsible policy by the forces of . . . yep, evil. Try telling the recipient of daily classified intelligence that that category doesn’t exist; or that the term is quaint and unhelpful.

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