19 Apr 2009
On Thursday, America's Justice Department publicized detailed memos describing brutal interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.). Meanwhile, President Obama said that C.I.A. operatives involved in the torture would not be prosecuted. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, well known for his candid and stinging commentary, is among many Americans taking issue with Obama's decision.
While acknowledging that the act of publicly releasing the torture memos is important for transparency, Olbermann argus that Obama has only gone half way. In this case, "half the distance is worse than standing still," he contends.
Justifying his decision not to prosecute CIA operatives, Obama said "... at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past."
Olberman responds, "Mr. President, you are wrong. What you describe would be not spent energy, but catharsis. Not blame laid, but responsibility ascribed."