Following President Barack Obama's election and promise to preside over "the most open and transparent administration in American history," his supporters could hardly contain their giddy euphoria. Well, it seems President Obama is making good on some of these promises of "change."
Just last week, for example, he ordered the CIA to release memos outlining, in specific detail, America's secret interrogation methods ("CIA Interrogation Techniques Detailed in Released Memos," April 17). As a military veteran, I can assure you that our enemies throughout the world now join in the "giddy euphoria" expressed by those who put Mr. Obama in office. At least seven current and former intelligence experts, including former CIA director and Pittsburgh native Gen. Michael Hayden, petitioned President Obama not to release the secret memos. Much to the dismay of intelligence experts, Mr. Obama rejected their pleas and released the secret memos.
Gen. Hayden, with more than 40 years of intelligence experience, explained that what we've just released to our enemies in the midst of a war will undoubtedly damage our national security, embolden our enemies and limit our ability to extract valuable information from captured terrorists. President Obama has blatantly exposed the outer limits of our American intelligence officers' abilities with regard to interrogations - extremely valuable information for the enemies who are still plotting and planning to kill American men, women and children.
Thank you, Mr. President. And to think all we wanted you to release was your college transcripts! When will we get to see those "secret" documents?