I read this story on Reuters the other day and thought the media, Code Pink and all the other supposed “anti-war” subversives would go bananas. I. Was. Wrong. These groups are nothing if not a bunch of hypocrites. The “If Bush had done this” sentence rattles through my mind, because we all know that the media wing of the Democrat Party, and all the Soros funded groups (are there any other kind?) would have converged on DC to scream about the Imperial Presidency. It is funny now, in retrospect, how the left will always tell you what they are going to do by what they attack when a Republican is president. You see, to the left, those things they rage about are “good” ideas, but only if they are the ones to implement them. Barack Hussein Obama has done just that, and now he is the Imperial President. Obama chooses which laws that have been passed to defend based on his interpretation of the Constitution and he decides which American citizens will be targeted for attack via his “secret board.” As an American citizen, I am disturbed that there is a board unanswerable to We The People who are deciding what constitutes an action egregious enough to put another American on a hit list. Do I care if terrorists, American or otherwise are killed? No, I do not, but I do care about why they’re placed on a secret list.
Barack Hussein Obama has done a lot of the things the left accused President Bush of doing, those they were false accusations. Bush, was always on the RIGHT side of the law, but Barack has definitely moved America onto the Left side. It is quite a power move to create a group of unelected Americans and allow them to make decisions that will affect each and every American as the Czars have been doing since the beginning of his Presidency. But these unelected people are indeed targeting Americans for murder. That is different than anything else any other President in history has done and it is absolutely the wrong way forward. The Silence From The Left Is Deafening And All To Predictable.
American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.
The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.
Current and former officials said that to the best of their knowledge, Awlaki, who the White House said was a key figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate, had been the only American put on a government list targeting people for capture or death due to their alleged involvement with militants.
The White House is portraying the killing of Awlaki as a demonstration of President Barack Obama’s toughness toward militants who threaten the United States. But the process that led to Awlaki’s killing has drawn fierce criticism from both the political left and right.
In an ironic turn, Obama, who ran for president denouncing predecessor George W. Bush’s expansive use of executive power in his “war on terrorism,” is being attacked in some quarters for using similar tactics. They include secret legal justifications and undisclosed intelligence assessments.
Liberals criticized the drone attack on an American citizen as extra-judicial murder.
Conservatives criticized Obama for refusing to release a Justice Department legal opinion that reportedly justified killing Awlaki. They accuse Obama of hypocrisy, noting his administration insisted on publishing Bush-era administration legal memos justifying the use of interrogation techniques many equate with torture, but refused to make public its rationale for killing a citizen without due process.
Is it any wonder that only 18% of Americans say they are liberals? the rest of America will never understand the hypocrisy and lies of the left, and therefore can never envision themselves being a liberal. The mental gyrations that liberals have to go through to do anything is just too damn pathetic to sign on to. So, liberals, you have your “anti-war” peace prize winner sending drones into Yemen, Pakistan, more soldiers into Afghanistan, Guantanamo still open, and now the coup de grace – a secret agency charged with deciding life and death issues behind closed doors. You idiots couldn’t have written a more detailed Presidency in the four years leading up to Barack’s election if you had even tried. Americans just didn’t see it coming.