Well, We’ ll See
Some of the things on which President Bush stood firm made even folks as far to the right as me wary, particularly when it came to “enhanced interrogation” methods. Not believing the insanely bloodthirsty image that his detractors painted of him (and for which they ought to be even more extremely embarrassed after the smooth transition), however, I accepted that there must surely be reasons that he was so determined to maintain certain programs.
It may yet prove to be the case that Obama’s quick changes to such things as terrorist detainment will prove to be political shuffles that change the particulars, but not the practice, but if they prove substantive, well, I guess we’ll find out over the next decade or so whether the Bush Administration tolerated all that political heat for no reason.
(One oughtn’t discount the possibility, of course, that Bush’s good reasons have faded sufficiently, mostly via success, to allow scaling back, and the further possibility that he held on to his policies for longer than he had to.)