President Obama has drawn flak from his left for his flip-flop on releasing more photos showing abusive interrogations of prisoners in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the decision to withhold the photos was "absolutely correct," declared Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass. "Far better to alienate the ACLU in Washington than to alienate people in Pakistan and Afghanistan," Haass said. "When people in Washington get alienated, they write op-eds. When people in Pakistan get alienated, they plant IEDs and kill American soldiers."
Still, many analysts predict that the administration will lose the court challenge and eventually be forced to release the photos.