Mr. Obama and his allies need to discredit the techniques he has banned. Otherwise, in the event of a future terrorist attack, critics may blame his decision to rein in C.I.A. interrogators.
Succinctly and accurately put by the New York Times of all people. The president is putting his future political needs ahead of the country’s national security so that if another devastating attack occurs in this new era of 9/10 tactics and thinking about our Islamist enemies, he and the Democrats in Congress will have a defense as to why they lowered our defenses.