May 23, 2013

W WITHOUT THE SUBSTANCE:

In Drone Speech, Obama Gets Slippery on Killing U.S. Citizens (Matthew Rothschild, May 23, 2013, The Progressive)

President Obama has an eerie and alarming ability to detach himself from his own dubious actions.

This character trait was on full display in his speech on Thursday at the National Defense University.

When he talked about the need to shut down Guantanamo, he said: "Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are holding a hunger strike. Is that something that our Founders foresaw? Is that the America we want to leave to our children?"

Wise words, but hollow ones.

Hollow, because he could have closed Guantanamo on day one in his first term, as he promised. [...]

Similarly, Obama tried to detach himself from his own Justice Department's grabbing of the phone records of more than 100 AP reporters and the claim by the Justice Department that Fox News's James Rosen was a "co-conspirator" in violating the Espionage Act of 1917.

"I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds governments accountable," Obama said.

Then fire Eric Holder, for God's sake. [...]

Most slippery was Obama on the subject of killing U.S. citizens.

"For the record," he said, "I do not believe it would be constitutional for the government to target and kill any U.S. citizen--with a drone, or a shotgun--without due process."

But then he justified the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki, without acknowledging that Al-Awlaki received no due process.

Posted by at May 23, 2013 6:42 PM
  

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