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FEBRUARY 6, 2013 8:49AM

The Right is Wrong

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The Right Has It Wrong on This One 

The Right is on the warpath regarding Obama’s drone (kill first, interrogate humanely after) policy, which the Right regards as the apogee of hypocrisy. The ACLU has joined in in a rare moment of accord—a union which must really make Obama cringe. 

Lest you think I’ve lost my mind with my headline, let me make it clear that the assaults on the Bush Administration and their lawyers on account of enhanced interrogation techniques—assaults headed up by OSer Sheriff Saturn Smith, who encouraged posse members to make citizen arrests of Bush lawyers vacationing in Spain—represented the rabid Left at its most lunatic.

Also, the question of the efficacy of EITs is hardly settled, with elements within the Left arguing amongst themselves.

 Nevertheless, there is a distinction between killing enemies in the heat of war and how you treat those enemies once captured. That the U.S. is at war with Islamic terrorists is obvious despite liberal dissemblers attempting to becloud the issue. That said, the drone attacks are no different than allied troops storming Nazi barricades, guns ablaze, in World War II. Torture of those captured in war is another issue altogether.But torture and EITs are not the same. 

Equating drone attacks with torture of prisoners is, I fear, a case of comparing apples and oranges. 

The illegal obscenities of the Obama administration are sufficiently plentiful to render unnecessary, as well as wrong, seizing on the above issue, which is intellectually indefensible.

 

(c) 2013 Gordon Osmond

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I take HUGE issue with this paragraph:

"Nevertheless, there is a distinction between killing enemies in the heat of war and how you treat those enemies once captured. That the U.S. is at war with Islamic terrorists is obvious despite liberal dissemblers attempting to becloud the issue. That said, the drone attacks are no different than allied troops storming Nazi barricades, guns ablaze, in World War II. Torture of those captured in war is another issue altogether.But torture and EITs are not the same. "

end of quote from you

The whole world should not be the chosen US battlefield of terrorism so that there can be drone assassinations, bombings, wherever we choose, us with this new handy dandy diabolical weaponry that will be replicated soon enough by other nations to misuse it against us but the future blowback does not seem to bother the war mongers whether Dem or Republican.

There is or used to be international law that the US respected far more than the Bush or even worse Obama administration. There is the War Powers Act in which an executive has to consult Congress and be authorized before declaring War that Obama has violated.

There is crossing the boundaries of foreign nations we are not at war with like Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen with drone strikes. Obama is setting up drone bases all over the world. Particularly now for usage in Africa.

The War on Terror is a sham. It is for imperialism. For hegemony. Our CIA treats al-Qaeda terrorists in one country like the enemy (Iraq and Afghanistan) but in Libya and Syria because the US wanted regime changes there they are our allies and we lie and pretend they are home-grown rebels there when they are not, they are foreign jihadists who moved in.

We enable them with our supplies and money. This is "ends justifies the means" thinking though our government LIES about it. And our government is not fighting terrorism (it hurts to say that since our government is really the main provocative world terrorist) to establish freedom for oppressed peoples, even though that is our bullshit rationale in pr whenever we want to annihilate another inconvenient nation to set up our crony network for robbing moneys and resources from these nations or to do our proxy war dance with Russia and China.

God help any nation that isn't cooperating with the US/NATO imperialism mafia that doesn't have a nuke. They are on the list.

With every drone strike we are spreading such hatred of America and we are creating reactionary terrorists against our terrorism which apparently works for our craven government to justify further terrorism for corporate profiteering. They don't care that troops are gratuitous cannon fodder. They don't care about civilian deaths in the thousands and thousands or displacement in the hundreds of thousands for these poor people in the cross fire.

Like we are fighting Naziism. America should really look in the mirror before assuming that is the case. Jingoist should be printed on your T-shirt!!!

Might makes right, and my country right or wrong? Are you seriously paying attention?

We destabilize the world and then we scream, the world is destabilized, we must further bomb the shit out of it to save it. And not to mention jeopardize us. Entrenching a spirit of anti-Americanism and distrust of our country for decades and decades to come.

The countries of the world should be cooperating to end the threats of climate change, but instead diplomacy is no longer part of the US toolbox. Only the hammer and every other country is a nail.

The Obama administration deliberately droned a 16 year old boy from Denver having dinner in Yemen at an outside restaurant (along with his cousin) because he was the son of Al Alawki. No due process. The kid was looking for his father who had been droned a week earlier with no due process but in what you call the field of battle? And when Robert Gibbs, had been part of the Obama administration, heard people were outraged he shrugged it off as that the kid should have had a more responsible father. So you DELIBERATELY DRONE THE SON who has not done anything because of his father?????

That is a justified motive for our government to murder????

libby
Why by the way do you stay here Gordon, with such lovely welcoming people as liberallibby?
Of course, I asked myself the same question.
Don, I love hearing from "liberal dissemblers" who seek to prop up their specious arguments with lurid punctuation. LL treats us to three question marks, four exclamation points, and ends up with five exclamation points, implying that her earlier exclamation was relative half hearted.

I stopped usual multiple punctuation when I stopped topping my "i"s with little hearts when writing to my elementary school sweetheart.