“Obama just now writing rules to govern the last 4 years of drone killings”
Oh. So that‘s what’s meant by “leading from behind”!
The New York Times had a front-page story the other day reporting that in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election, President Obama ordered acceleration of the process “to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures.”
That was preparation in case Republican Mitt Romney won. He would then inherit a full-blown written policy for targeted killings, as every president hands down written policies to his successor for continuation, alteration or termination.
But here’s what that Times story also means that’s much more disturbing than a standard political CYA story from anonymous sources:
For nearly four years now the Obama administration has been flying unmanned drones all over the world killing upwards of 3,000 known people with no explicit set of written rules.
Kill that guy. Not this one. That guy too. Vaporize everybody in that house. But this one we’ll let stand, for today anyway.
Seriously? A president of the United States, even one from Chicago, running a classified killing campaign with no rules? The United States used to condemn Israel for such targeted assassinations.
But wasn’t it this righteous Obama guy who was so disgusted by extraordinary capture and interrogation measures that saved uncounted lives during the Bush administrations but Obama considered outside the rules?
And Obama who vowed to shutter the notorious Guantanamo Detention Facility which, of course, he hasn’t done because it was a silly promise to begin with. Although it sounded great when he said it. And it fooled many. Who can’t do anything about it now except shrug.
And wasn’t Obama the one making all the campaign noise this fall about everyone getting a “fair shot.” We weren’t thinking guns and missiles when he said it several times a day. But perhaps there was some buried meaning.
You know, it’s funny: what used to be called presidential imperialism — a thing that so OUTRAGED progressives, even when it wasn’t actually taking place — is now extolled as a winning foreign policy strategy based on determined initiative by a man whose thirst for justice is so great that he (and we) Just Can’t Wait. Rules? Posh. Those are meant to constrain evil men and women. And as progressives are, by virtue of having adopted progressivism, inherently good — I mean, come on, progress is right there in the name, duh! — the need for constraint does not apply to them.
Or, if you prefer, let me put it this way: tyrannical dictatorships are only tyrannical dictatorships when they aren’t being controlled by the Left. Because when the left controls them, they’re recast as strong administrations taking brave stands taken against the recalcitrance of rich white right wing obstructionists — a force for good, a necessary nudge, particularly given that nearly half of the country persists in voting against progressivism, that is, voting wrongly, for evil.
And we just can’t countenance that. So. Forward!