The statement, published as a paid advertisement, accuses Obama, who was elected in 2008 with the enthusiastic support of US liberals, of continuing Bush’s controversial approach to human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in domestic security.
It takes aim especially at Obama’s decision — reported by US officials — to authorize the killing of a radical Islamic cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who is accused of ties to Al-Qaeda in Yemen.
“In some respects this is worse than Bush,” the statement says. “First, because Obama has claimed the right to assassinate American citizens whom he suspects of ‘terrorism,’ merely on the grounds of his own suspicion or that of the CIA, something Bush never claimed publicly.”
Funny that the most fact-based, substantive criticisms of Obama come his left.
It’s also funny there at the end when it goes “somthing Bush never claimed publicly.” Which is true. And it’s also true that Bush authorized the assassination of American citizens. So it goes.
I saw an interesting comment about this situation in another forum (on a fark thread, no less) stating that, perhaps, one of the reason the Obama administration hasn’t gone after some in the Bush administration for war crimes is simply that O’s people have continued some of the programs that would come up in any real, big, public, trial. Hence opening themselves up to later prosecution by the people of Administration X.
On the facts of it, I’m a bit conflicted. On the one hand, being against the death penalty, I certainly don’t like it being handed down to one of my fellows citizens without trial. Then again, the guy very publicly calls for me and many others like me to die and actively was recruiting folks to do that very thing, and convinced at least one to do so in Ft. Hood.
So I’m going to spin this as Obama sticking with his “openest” admin in history thing, and he’s just let us know the name of the a top target. If Bin Laden for some strange reason was a U.S. citizen (by some quirk of fate say), I’d have little issue with the extra-judicial assassination. It’s part of the Texan in me.