White House Press Briefing Resembles Kindergarten Classroom

Obama, no doubt with one eye on the Rasmussen and Gallup websites, has decided he may not release the photographs of incarcerated terrorists, who were allegedly abused by their military jailers, for the time being. While Obama and his people claim he is worried about the safety of our military personnel fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan if the photos are released, I’m convinced he is mainly concerned with propping up his poll numbers considering the armed forces vote overwhelmingly for Republicans, have widespread support from the majority of Americans and we all know how much the left wingers hate the military and always have.

From Breitbart.com,

President Barack Obama will try to block the court-ordered release of hundreds of photos showing U.S. troops allegedly abusing prisoners, reversing his position after military commanders warned the graphic images could stoke anti-American sentiment and endanger soldiers.

The pictures show are said to show mistreatment of detainees at locations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The White House announced Obama’s decision Wednesday, after top military commanders in the two wars expressed fears that showing the pictures could put their troops at higher risk. When photos emerged in 2004 from the infamous U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison, showing grinning U.S. soldiers posing with detainees—some of the prisoners naked, some being held on leashes—the pictures caused a huge anti-American backlash around the globe, particularly in the Muslim world.

The administration said last month it would not fight a court order that the photos be released by May. 28. But Obama concluded he did not feel comfortable with the release, concerned they would inflame tensions in Iraq and Afghanistan and make the U.S. mission in those two wars more difficult, said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Military commanders’ concerns are most intense with respect to Afghanistan. The release would coincide with the spring thaw that usually heralds the year’s toughest fighting there—and as thousands of new U.S. troops head into Afghanistan’s volatile south.

The effort to keep the photos from becoming public represented a sharp reversal from Obama’s repeated pledges for open government, and in particular from his promise to be forthcoming with information that courts have ruled should be publicly available.

Needless to say the ACLU isn’t pleased.

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