Monday, June 4, 2012
It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s A Killer Drone!
Obama shores up his leftist base with unfulfilled peace, love and brotherhood promises while polishing his warrior credentials in the press for the rest of us.
Obama promised to close the detainment camp at Guantanamo as being a symbol of unjustified arrest of Islamists who had not been proven guilty of anything. As he has instructed us, even mad-dog terrorists who are foreign nationals caught in civilian garb on a battlefield attacking American and allied forces are entitled to standard American rights to trial in a civilian court. There is no such thing as a prisoner of war, there are only criminals who haven’t been given their due process yet. Sadly for Obama, this has not worked out too well, and Guantanamo remains open and ready for business.
Equally importantly, Pinky-Finger Obama recoiled at “torture” being committed by the Bush administration both at Guantanamo and on the foreign battlefields. Obama was convinced that all that was necessary was a kind word and a gentle plea, and the terrorists would instantly open their mouths and assist us in capturing mass murderers and future plotters. That hasn’t worked out too well either. We are getting very little information from the detainees (who have had their fear of drowning dismissed by kind Obama treatment). Much of the information leading to the killing of master terrorist Osama bin Laden came from enhanced interrogation techniques now banned by the Obama administration.
Obama was deeply-concerned that combatants and enemies of America and the West be treated humanely. He was horrified by what he considered the inhumane treatment of detainees. He condemned the “deck of cards” used by the Bush administration to identify the top al-Qaeda commanders. He determined that mass murderers who have no American blood and have planned to kill Americans both overseas and on American soil should be captured and tried. None of that cowboy justice for Mr. Obama.
In that, the President has succeeded, sort of. No more of this inhumane capture and interrogation stuff for him. And he has further decided that he was correct in his assessment of how foreign terrorists should be treated. They should be treated just like American citizens and former American citizens who make war on American overseas. Don’t capture them—kill them. Don’t interrogate them—blow them up. Furthermore, kill them in nations with which we are not technically at war. In fact, kill them in nations who are at least nominal allies—like Pakistan. Now I don’t know how others may feel, but it seems to me that death by drone is a harsher treatment than waterboarding.
The mainstream media have largely supported most of Obama’s dishonest and hypocritical ways of “protecting” America. One of those methods is to deflect major criticism of Obama’s incoherent and feckless foreign policy by using “leaks” to minimize the truth about Obama’s policies toward terrorists and terrorism. Suddenly, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and waterboarding have disappeared from the front pages. In their place, we now have the MSM telling us about the “safer” way of getting rid of terrorists. More realistic conservatives have a simpler name for it—the “kill list.” It comes complete with an expanded deck of cards, so roundly criticized by the Great Peacemaker during Bush's tenure. Equally suspect is the cozy relationship between the administration leakers and the release of sensitive information via the front page of the New York Times.
The Obama administration has more leaks than the Titanic. But unlike the Obama crew, the crew of the Titanic didn’t poke more holes in the hull in order to sink the ship faster. Obama’s friends don’t really care much about the good ship America, but they’ll do anything to protect their captain’s reputation. That includes leaking the details of drone attacks and covert ground assassination operations in Yemen and Pakistan to The New York Times. Included in the leaks was information that might lead to the exposure of agents and allies in the target areas. But what are a few lives in comparison to burnishing the image of The One?
Mixed in with the other justifications for Obama’s hypocrisy in the leaks was a mention of the 2011 attack which killed al-Qaeda honcho Anwar al-Awlaki. Now I’m one of those who think it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person, and treasonous dogs getting their just punishment doesn’t bother me one bit. But I don’t claim the simon-purity of Barack Obama. With all his squeamishness about the treatment of America’s terrorist enemies, where does he get his personal or legal justification for assassinating an American-born cleric? What happened to his love for civilian due process?
As long as Obama thinks killing is preferable to detainment, I have a suggestion for how he might fulfill his promise about closing Guantanamo. Free all the detainees, making sure not to ask them any delicate questions or treating them inhumanely. Put them on a comfortable ship, head them back across the Atlantic, then sink the ship with big-time explosives. It may sound a little harsh, but isn’t it more humane than keeping them as prisoners, using Obama humane treatment standards? And while we’re at it, we could send Eric Holder along on the voyage in order to make sure the detainees are properly treated during their sea cruise.