This is a re­cur­ring prob­lem of lib­er­als. They are for­ever into pos­tur­ing, as­sum­ing heroic moral stands, but rarely con­sider the con­se­quences in the real world.

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cratic Se­nate voted 90 to 6 to hu­mil­i­ate Mr. Obama by deny­ing him the funds needed to close Guan­tanamo un­til he comes up with a plan to hold the 240 hard-core in­mates some­where other than in the United States.

Again, Mr. Cheney is winning be­cause he has been there and his po­si­tion is re­al­ity-based. For, while the use of harsh in­ter­ro­ga­tion tech­niques is a le­gal ques­tion, it also presents a moral dilemma. A moral case can be made that, given the call: Demo­cratic Sens. Dodd, Daschle, Ed­wards, Kerry, Reid and Clin­ton all voted to au­tho­rize war in Iraq.

But, by the time the pri­maries of 2008 came around, they had all moved — some 180 de­grees — to get right with the Demo­cratic base. And this is Mr. Obama’s prob­lem.

He ran to the left of Hil­lary and pledged to close Guan­tanamo, as the prison camp had come to be twinned, though un­fairly, in the lib­eral mind and Mus­lim world with the sadis­tic

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