After bailing out the big banks and financial institutions to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars and helping to drive deficits into the trillions, I guess the scores of people who directed and carried out torture, and the thousands who participated in making it possible, does seem like a small number.
Who heads this list of "a small number of individuals?"
President George W. Bush, Vice-President Richard Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, NSA Director Condolezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Attorneys Jay Bybee, John Yoo, Stephen Bradbury, Vice-President Cheney Chief of Staff David Addington, General Geoffrey Miller (dispatched from Gitmo to Abu Ghraib (to "Gitmoize" Abu Ghraib)...
Of course, after looking upon this list of a "small number of individuals" who ordered that torture be carried out, it really is a small matter that the highest levels of the US government directed and choreographed the torture of thousands of detainees, resulting in at least a hundred deaths by torture. The highest officials of the US government, after all, are not only small in number, but isolated from the rest of those under them. Their orders to those thousands of others under them and front-line soldiers, that is not relevant to this inquiry.
As for inflaming anti-American opinion and putting "our troops in greater danger," that had nothing to do with the fact that the above-listed small number of individuals lied us into these wars and ordered that our troops invade and occupy Afghanistan, Iraq and launch drone attacks upon Pakistan. They aren't in danger because of their being put into danger by this small number of individuals. And the escalation of the wars upon Afghanistan and Pakistan and ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do whatsoever with inflaming anti-American opinion.
I'm so relieved that things are being handled so judiciously.
The people that Obama is mainly concerned about inflaming aren't outside the US. They're right here at home: the American people.
Obama's worried that they will be inflamed against the government that carried out these atrocities.
His plans to paper over these monstrosities will be buried in the fallout when more people see just how horrid our leaders have been.
Unlike Cheney who just says "fuck you," Obama's MO is to say "I'm very concerned" and then make a show of doing something, but then not really do anything.