rushed up a comment on the president's big (overdue) speech this afternoon. Opens: "President Obama’s speech today was the most important statement on counterterrorism policy since the 2001 attacks, a momentous turning point in post-9/11 America. For the first time, a president stated clearly and unequivocally that the state of perpetual warfare that began nearly 12 years ago is unsustainable for a democracy and must come to an end in the not-too-distant future."
After taking up the drones, Gitmo and civil liberties at some length, they conclude: "There have been times when we wished we could hear the right words from
Mr. Obama on issues like these, and times we heard the words but
wondered about his commitment. Today was not either of those moments."
Greg Sargent of Wash Post has his own appraisal.
Jeremy Scahill was not impressed: