Drone policy shows hypocrisy

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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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RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 02/16/13 - 10:15 am
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Accountable for nothing!

Hypocrisy is correct....good letter ! This hypocrisy is not only evident with Obama but, worse yet, the media. The media will not criticize Obama on anything. I remember how George Bush was called every name in the book by liberals but now nothing. They all are still blaming Bush for Obama's failed policies, especially the economy. As the economy continues to deteriorate we will hear that George Bush messed thing up so badly that Obama will never be able to straighten thing out.

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Bizkit 02/16/13 - 11:20 am
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The left was so loud with

The left was so loud with water boarding and having a hissy fit about the Patriot Act. Obama has taken the Patriotic Act much further than Bush spying on thousands of Americans, and now murdering american citizens without due process. Even the detainees at Gitmo are treated better. They have to turn a blind eye because their own hypocrisy makes them feel too foolish to speak. What are ya going to say. I know Bush did it. They keep beatin' those Bush's don't they.

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dichotomy 02/16/13 - 10:59 am
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I do not have a problem with

I do not have a problem with drone strikes against Americans on foreign soil who are involved with plotting terror attacks against the U.S. or it's interests. The hypocrisy is with the people who attacked George Bush for capturing terrorists and using enhanced interrogation techniques on a few high value prisoners but refuse to even object to Obama deciding that he is the judge, jury, and executioner. I think both actions are necessary but the media and those who complained about Bush are hypocrites.

To spell it out more clearly, if you complained about Bush waterboarding 3 terrorists but have remained silent about Obama killing Americans with drones, YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/16/13 - 11:51 am
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Obama and high administration

Obama and high administration officials are just as guilty of war crimes as Bush and other high officials in his administration. Backlash against our militarized U.S. foreign policy is growing. The establishment Democratic Party is in cahoots with the establishment Republican Party when it comes to our militarized foreign policy. The establishment media have abrogated their responsibility as independent journalists. The media is now a propaganda arm of the corporate state. The establishment's agenda is a desperate attempt to maintain western corporate supremacy. Their plan is for war, war, and more war. Unchallenged American supremacy is not sustainable. The United States military empire is in its death throes.

U.S. military intervention in Iraq has radicalized the entire Middle East. Today the best fighters in the Free Syrian Army are from the extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra. Even before the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. backed the mujaheddin or "holy warriors" against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan because they were the best fighters. The mujaheddin morphed into the Taliban. In Libya, Al Qaeda linked groups were instrumental in overthrowing Qaddafi. There is reason to believe that secret CIA operations against these groups is what led to the killing of the U.S. ambassador and 2 other Americans in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12.

The U.S. war on terror has done nothing but spread militant, fundamentalist Islamic groups in the Middle East, in South Asia, in the Arabian peninsula, and in Africa. United States' militarized foreign policy aimed at forging western corporate hegemony everywhere in the world is causing a growing backlash. Even a military superpower with its high tech weapons cannot impose its will by force. It is long past time for United States to rethink its counterproductive foreign policy which is aimed at dominance instead of coexistence, security, and economic progress through developing alternative technologies.

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Bizkit 02/16/13 - 01:35 pm
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I agree somewhat Cain. This

I agree somewhat Cain. This use of drones is a bad policy as far as diplomacy too. I've heard for years about the bad kharma we've created from meddling and manipulating foreign affars with assasinations and coups etc. This use of drones will just generate more bad kharma and likely similar retaliations on our troops and even here. We already have the best military presence -we need to be the smartest however. People were concerned about repercussions from water boarding, but these drones also kill hundreds of their kids in Pakistan and Afghanistan-lots of what is equivalent to a Sandy Hooks to them.

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Darby 02/16/13 - 05:35 pm
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"guilty of war crimes" "militarized U.S. foreign policy" .....

"media is now a propaganda arm of the corporate state"
"maintain western corporate supremacy" "reason to believe that secret CIA operations against these groups is what led to the killing of the U.S. ambassador"
"United States' militarized foreign policy aimed at forging western corporate hegemony everywhere in the world.."
"foreign policy which is aimed at dominance"

Wow! Just when you think that the conspiracy theorists are on some kind of sabbatical, we find that they are alive and well..

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gargoyle 02/16/13 - 09:29 pm
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I love our military and the

I love our military and the people who staff it but I hate how the Politicians are using and abusing them.The Obama foreign policy of police the world by Drones seems to me like lighting a fuse without knowing how big the bang will be .

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chascushman 02/17/13 - 09:42 am
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“The Obama foreign policy of
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“The Obama foreign policy of police the world by Drones seems to me like lighting a fuse without knowing how big the bang will be.”
Obama is very dangerous because he does not have clue what he is doing. But what can you expect from someone whose main job was a community organizer.

Darby
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Darby 02/17/13 - 01:37 pm
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"Obama is very dangerous because he does not have clue...."

It's not like the American people weren't warned. Even Hillary and Bill tried to tell us in 2008 that the guy is a poser. Now, being "good" Democrats, they go along to get along, waiting their turn again.

In the meantime, the nation spirals into the depths of oblivion. A virtual ghost of a ship with a broken rudder.

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