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Obama Using the Bush Rhetoric for Hiding Torture Photos

By Ali Al-Hail, May 26, 2009

Obama's Administration: Is It A Change of Color Or a Change Of Policy?

   By now, we know it all pal, one has to presume, as do many. We have been there before. Aren't we?
   Therefore, nobody should be bluffed. The over marketing of Obama's utterance of "change" is conceived to have increasingly, become an illusion.
   Although, American New Standard Bible says: "My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips" (Psalm 69:34), President Obama has crowned the end of his 100th day in office with changing an aspect of his supposedly, 'philosophy of change' upon which he founded his presidency. Now, it appears that, his 'change symptom' is not likely, going to infect 'serious' issues.
   Amongst them is an issue of releasing former administration's 'photos of torture techniques,' Ops! Does this mean that, an old rhetoric has revisited. It looks like an old saying of 'king has gone, king has come.'  
   How nice! It seems as it's only the tip of the iceberg. So, be warned. The president's 'justifying' argument is notoriously, well known by now i.e. not to damage U.S. reputation abroad and not to endanger U.S. troops apparently, referring to those operating in Afghanistan and Iraq.
   More than a question arise here. Has the President referred to fears of further damaging the already damaged U.S. reputation? Has he still, believed that U.S. troops were not endangered?
   The withered away administration put U.S. reputation in jeopardy since 2001. Rather, no U.S. administration in history did so to U.S. reputation as did Bush administration. By the same token, it did endanger U.S. troops.
   Most people thought that, Obama's change would mean at its minimum hope, changing Bush old rhetoric. But, it has not so far.
   U.S. Civil Liberties Union, for instance, has more or less, been raising same concerns about this current administration of overwhelmingly, purported 'change', in the same way it had done about the departing Bush administration.
   So, where is the change? and what change?  
Professor, Dr. Ali Al-Hail, Professor of Mass Communication, Twice Fulbright

Award Winner, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Vice-President Of Qatar Fulbright Group, CSR Award Judge and Board Member of AUSACE, ASC, IABD, NEBAA, BEA, IMDA and EAJMC American Associations.
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