In NYT Interview, Obama Contradicts His Own Policy on Prisoners' Habeas Rights

On Friday, President Barack Obama gave a wide-ranging, 35-minute interview to the New York Times aboard Air Force One.


The transcript, available here, includes his answers on questions about the economy, Iraq and Afghanistan, whether we are a "nation of cowards," and whether he is actually "a socialist as some people have suggested."

The big headline of the interview was that Obama is contemplating reaching out to "elements of the Taliban" in an effort to duplicate the U.S. military strategy in Iraq.

"If you talk to Gen. Petraeus," he told Times reporter Jeff Zeleny, "I think he would argue that part of the success in Iraq involved reaching out to people that we would consider to be Islamic fundamentalists, but who were willing to work with us because they had been completely alienated by the tactics of al-Qaida in Iraq. There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and the Pakistani region."

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