Reporter's Note: President Barack Obama is traveling throughout the world, and judging from my mailbox, he is visiting only places that have no postcards for sale. Ahem. I, however, have not given up on writing a letter every day to him.
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Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
I’ve tried really hard not to ask for any favors in all of these letters. I didn’t ask you to help me power wash the patio last weekend. I have not requested that you declare a national “Give Tom a dollar day,” although I still think that’s a fun project the whole nation could really enjoy. And I didn’t even ask you to make it a felony for people to talk in movie theaters, despite that being a solid-gold-let’s-improve-the-quality-of-life-right-this-minute idea. But now I must beg your help.
Can you please make this CIA mess go away? I really don’t care which way it goes, I’ve just grown tired of hearing about it. And that’s not because I’m an unprincipled jerk who does not care about the rights of other people (although during rush hour, that might be a fair assessment,) it’s because this issue has now been grinding on for what seems like ages caught between a lack of verified facts and a lack of political will to find some.
If we tortured people and broke laws in the process, we ought to get on the case hard. Investigate with brutal impartiality, round up everyone who should be held responsible, regardless of party or pedigree, and throw the book at them. Heck, you can throw the whole library for all I care. And if nothing was done that was wrong, then can we please move on?
I figured after your pal, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got caught up in the squeeze play over effectively calling CIA officials a bunch of liars, and then refusing to press charges against them, the whole thing was finally going to die. But no. Here it is, once again, ripping back into the headlines like a bad sequel to a worse movie.
I realize that sometimes things like this move in an incremental way. But this matter seems like it has been going nowhere for quite some time, satisfying neither liberals nor conservatives and producing few if any answers about who will or won’t be taken to task.
One way or the other, can you move it toward some sort of conclusion? I don’t ask for much. Call if you are inclined. But for heavens sake don’t use the hotel phone; the overseas dialing fees will be outrageous, and I’m sure every tax dollar you can save will be appreciated.
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