Over at Red state.com Erick Erickson has calculated exactly why Obama released the Bush/Cheney legal memos that encouraged torture. No, not to restore the image of the United states both at home or abroad, nor to end a political culture in the last administration that promoted secrecy and tolerated scandal and sheer incompetence. No, Obama released the memos so that terrorists could attack the continental United States.
So if the working theory is that we’re going to get hit again, what is the best response? After all, the public does credit George Bush with keeping us safe at 9/11.
The best strategy would look something like taking a band-aid off quickly. Get the pain over fast. And if an attack happens quickly enough into the new administration, they can blame Bush.
So the Obama administration is working hard to release all the memos on interrogations, change all the policies Bush implemented, and clear out the old as fast as possible. Never mind that if it were done slowly over time, our terrorist enemies might not be so incited to attack.
If your working premise is that they are going to attack anyway, get them incited quickly, get it over with, and blame Bush.
There is no other justification for so quickly making us less safe.
Well this shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all these are the same people that actually think the Iraq War was the work of a collection of adroit civilian minds in our government. Keep making those tin foil hats, boys.