Well, it's working. In response, Obama is acting more and more like the dufus. It should give you righty's wood.

He caved on the release of more torture photos. Obama sounded positively Rumsfeldian in his insistence that releasing the photos could hurt the troops. That's exactly what Rumsfeld's Pentagon said when the last batch of Abu Ghraib photos ran in 2006. To my knowledge, there was no backlash against American soldiers.

For the first time in his presidency, I had the feeling that Obama was lying in his remarks on the photos - once when he said the new images "are not particularly sensational, especially when compared to the painful images that we remember from Abu Ghraib, and again when he insisted "the individuals who were involved have been identified, and appropriate actions have been taken." That is a flat-out lie.

Maybe he is Carter.