Drone policy shows hypocrisy

Five years ago, when Barack Obama was running for president of the United States, he complained about President Bush and was very critical of the “war on terror.” The left in America considered many of Bush’s efforts against terrorism a violation of the Constitution, and considered impeaching Bush.

Four years later, President Obama sits in his office with a deck of so-called “baseball cards” with pictures of people the CIA has determined are threats to America. Without one hearing, one motion by a prosecutor or one trial, a 16-year-old child pictured on one of the cards was sentenced to death by Obama. This is in complete violation of the judicial procedures that Obama was so quick to criticize Bush for supposedly violating.

The 16-year-old killed in the drone strike was born in Denver. His father, also a U.S. citizen, had been killed by drones earlier. This makes a total of two American citizens killed by Obama without any regard to judicial protocol.

It has been said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is not much more of an absolute power than the power of life and death.

The Left, the American Civil Liberties Union, news services and others who excoriated Bush have been strangely silent about the constitutional violation of the 16-year-old and his father. Consider the hypocrisy of demanding terrorists be treated as criminals, read their rights and be granted open trials in court, etc. – yet executing them wherever they are found at the whim of Obama.

There is a term that describes this sudden loss of principle, and it is called hypocrisy!

David G. Brown

Augusta

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