O, he sits high in all the people's hearts; And that which would appear offence in us, His countenance, like richest alchemy, Will change to virtue and to worthiness.
- Shakespeare, English Dramatist and Poet (1564-1616)
Remember all the hysteria over “torture” we witnessed from the many sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome during the Bush years?
A few photos of soldiers gone wild, hazing detainees at Abu Ghraib along with a grand total of three detainees at Gitmo being subjected to enhanced interrogation and hysterical ninnies like Andy Rooney were calling it the “darkest days” in American history. (Click the link if you don’t believe me, he actually said that. In the Bush haters’ minds, the horrors of slavery, the Civil War, assassinated presidents and Vietnam all paled in comparison to waterboarding under Bush.)
If he were still around, I can only wonder what Andy Rooney would have to say about this latest news on the Obama administration:
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
source: NBC News
You can read the Obama administration memo justifying the assassination of American citizens here.
Back in 2011, though it barely got a whisper from the Obama State Media, in two separate strikes in September and October of that year, the Obama administration assassinated three U.S. citizens, one of whom was just 16-years-old. The memo obtained by NBC News is the administration’s subsequent attempt to argue a legal justification for killing U.S. citizens without giving them any chance of being captured and having their day in court.
When liberals were screaming bloody murder over waterboarding (a technique, which by the way, Obama’s own defense secretary Leon Panetta now admits helped lead us to Bin Laden) you have to wonder, where are those liberals who were screaming bloody murder now that we have a government engaged in the actual murder of U.S. citizens without any due process?
Props to Michael Isikoff for getting his hands on this classified memo, but for the same left-wing that banded together in a chorus of outrage over Bush’s so-called torture, there have been only a few liberals of principal who have spoken out and proven themselves as individuals who put their core principles above any mindless partisanship.
Longtime Democrat loyalist Kirsten Powers said it best:
Asked to explain how some of her fellow liberals could defend the drone strikes, Powers said, “I can’t. I mean, they’re clearly hypocrites and they clearly don’t care about human rights. They only care if it helps them politically. That’s all I can say. A couple of people are great on this issue.” She cited a few liberals like Glenn Greenwald, who are “consistent” on this issue, but “for the most part it’s despicable.”
And it’s true that along with Glenn Greenwald, there have been a small number of liberals who deserve a lot of respect for showing themselves to be people of true convictions, with a set of core beliefs that rises far above any partisan politics. These are people who judge politicians by their actions and not the (D) or (R) after their names, like the members of the ACLU who have been quite vocal in their opposition to this policy of death from the skies, the far-left Mother Jones website for providing the most extensive coverage on Obama’s drone war to be found anywhere or Ralph Nader, a liberal’s liberal who said flat-out that these assassinations make Obama a war criminal.
The great irony here is that this policy of delivering death from the sky to American citizens without any due process comes from the very same Obama who as a candidate excoriated Bush for enhanced interrogation, basically getting up in front of the world and calling the outgoing president a torturer. Now he’s a man who believes that when it comes to ordering the execution of an American citizen without trial, “If we do it, it’s not illegal.” There was another guy whose presidency ended in disgrace who thought along those very same lines.
I can’t help but think what the people at the Nobel Committee are thinking about this. Hey assholes, that’s what you get when you hand a man your Nobel Peace Prize before he’d even accomplished a single thing as president. Add another to the long list of laughable and despicable picks from the Nobel Committee.
More than anything, this makes it official, in Obama’s mind, he was born to be a dictator in the tradition of all his fellow Communists in history and he will do anything and everything he can to bypass and trample a Constitution that seeks to restrain his powers.
From a pure of standpoint of entertainment, however, I just can’t wait to see all the Obama lovers who were crying hysterically over Bush’s tactics for QUESTIONING enemy combatants now trying to twist themselves into pretzels to justify the fact that their beloved Dear Leader has appointed himself as the nation’s judge, jury and executioner.