Sunday, January 6, 2013

Los Angeles Times Editors Attack U.S. War on Terror Policies Without One Word on Obama's Unprecedented Drone War Kill-List Regime

Here's the piece, "Rights and the 'war on terror'."

In an unsurprising twist, the Times editors manage to make their critique a nearly exclusive attack on the previous administration, when they write, for example: "Guantanamo isn't the stain on America's reputation that it was during the George W. Bush administration..." No siree, nothing's as big a stain on America's reputation as the Bush administration's national security record! Tell me something I didn't already know!

Seriously. The editors make not a single mention of the administration drone war kill-list regime that's been in the news plenty of times since being revealed last year, for example, at the New York Times, "Secret 'Kill List' Tests Obama's Principles." And just this week the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the administration was not required to release records of Obama's targeted killing of three U.S. citizens in Yemen in 2011: Anwar Al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, and Al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son. The Washington Post has that, "Judge backs Obama administration on secrecy of targeted killings of terrorism suspects." (The ACLU says it will appeal the court's ruling.)

For the record, since I wasn't clear in previous posts, there are some on the left who're critical of the administration and are pushing for an end to Obama's unconstitutional warfare. Katrina vanden Heuvel, who I personally detest, was right last year to call out Obama for his bankrupt hypocrisy, "Judge backs Obama administration on secrecy of targeted killings of terrorism suspects."

And personally I don't get all that worked up by drone warfare in any case. Frankly I couldn't care less that Anwar Awlaki's dead, although I'd like to know why the U.S. targeted his son in a completely separate drone strike. But that's beside the point. Radical leftists continue to attack Bush administration officials with demonizing language worthy of the Nazi regime. But we know that President Obama's policies not only match but surpass anything that the Bush administration is allegedly guilty of. There is no justice if the left applies a despicable double standard, and that's what I'll be hammering in my reporting on these so-called human rights abuses.

PREVIOUSLY: "Obama Advisor Harold Koh Personifies Left's Epic Hypocrisy on National Security and Human Rights."