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