Yes, the Obama Administration Still Tortures

Worse than waterboarding? (AP)

Barack Obama may have just announced a troop surge in Iraq following a devastating loss in the midterms, but he is nothing like George W. Bush. That’s why his administration has made clear that the United States does not torture its enemies. But what about its friends?

Consider this passage from an illuminating (and frightening) profile of senior Obama adviser Valeria Jarrett in the New Republic:

This Is How the Obama Administration Ends

Chicago slumlord Valerie Jarrett. (AP)

The Obama administration is on its last legs. Attorney General Eric Holder is jumping ship. The president mentally checked out months ago. Some have argued that the embarrassing failures at the U.S. Secret Service are actually the initial stages of a Biden-backed coup. Even Obama’s most trusted adviser, Chicago slumlord Valeria Jarrett, is starting to get bored. She recently made a guest appearance on “The Good Wife,” an obscure political drama on CBS.

Highlights & Takeaways from THE POLITICO’s Profile of President Obama

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THE POLITICO has published an epic philosophical profile of President Obama, the story of a man whose desire to assume his natural place among the global cultural elite is constantly frustrated by the fact that he is merely President of the United States (and somewhat obligated to serve out the remainder of his second term). He is quite clearly suffering from the Oval Office equivalent of Senioritis.

Read the whole thing, as it contains (probably) some of the most bizarre sentences ever written about a sitting president.

On Obama’s supreme confidence: