April 15 (Bloomberg) -- As a candidate in 2008, Barack
Obama was unsparing in his criticism of President George W.
Bush’s anti-terrorism policies. He condemned torture and the
infamous detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the lack of
transparency and congressional oversight, the dubious legal
framework and the blowback that was spawning more terrorists and
diminishing U.S. standing in the world.
Bush’s policies “compromised our most precious values,”
Obama said then. “We cannot win a war unless we maintain the
high ground and keep the people on our side.”