Things That Didn't Happen

This part of Andrew Sullivan's defense of Obama simply isn't true:

On policy: ending the US torture regime; prevention of a second Great Depression; enacting universal healthcare; taking the first serious steps toward reining in healthcare costs; two new female Supreme Court Justices; ending the gay ban in the military; ending the Iraq war; justifying his Afghan Surge by killing bin Laden and now disentangling with face saved; firming up alliances with India, Indonesia and Japan as counter-weights to China; bailing out the banks and auto companies without massive losses (and surging GM profits); advancing (slowly) balanced debt reduction without drastic cuts during the recession; and financial re-regulation.

This did not happen. There is no law banning enhanced interrogations. There is an executive order that the next Republican president will reverse to as much fanfare from his base as Obama announcing the closure of Guantanamo. Absent explicit action from Congress, or a finding from the courts that enhanced interrogations are illegal, Obama has not "ended" the U.S. torture regime. He has given it a coffee break.

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