The more interesting question is--- when is President Obama going to start "looking backward" to find out the truth surrounding America's dark torture secrets and hold accountable those who implemented and carried out a shameful program of barbaric, ineffectual, and illegal torture and indefinite detention.
By now I think we can all acknowledge that Obama's greatest strengths are his tenacity and his patience. This HCR triumph took a hell of a lot of courage. He spent an enormous amount of political capital. But he won the long battle. I hope his intention is not to bury the Cheney embarassment, but to revisit it at a later time, once he rings up another couple of victories, i.e. financial market reform. I hope he wins the long battle against the Bill Kristol/Cheney/Thiessen cabal as well.
As Mayer writes:
By holding no one accountable for past abuse, and by convening no commission on what did and didn’t protect the country, President Obama has left the telling of this dark chapter in American history to those who most want to whitewash it.