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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Stan Rosenthal

Yes, Mark, much as I am delighted to see Obama assume office, he IS human and does get it wrong sometimes.

A case in point is the following quote from his inaugural speech.

"Our founding fathers faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man: this administration will not ditch these values for expediency's sake".

This was generally interpreted as a rejection of the methods of the Bush regime in dealing with the terrorist threat.

Yet the founding fathers could have never envisaged a "peril" where a handful of people could murder thousands, if not millions with germ and nuclear weapons. In such circumstances preemption is paramount since tracking down the killers after the event is much to late.

Accordingly keeping to the old balance between between rights and security could be a recipe for disaster and I would hope that Obama in office will learn to adopt some of the pragmatism of Tony Blair in this respect.


Shit when did this happen when did the nuke go off, germ war fare, bloody hell I did not see that , phew it must have been terrible did many die.

For crying out loud your talking bloody rubbish I will know what Obama is like in a year or two's time when he has had a chance, unlike Brown we have had enough of New Labour already.

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