Thursday, February 7, 2013

Uncle Jimbo Slams Leftist Hypocrisy on Guantánamo, Waterboarding and Targeted Killings

You gotta love this, from last month, at Blackfive, "BUSH'S GITMO EVIL, OBAMA'S GITMO JUST PEACHY":
This President takes national security very seriously and look how he has figured out how to avoid those pesky interrogations. Now we simply stick a Hellfire missile up the ass of a suspected terrorist (and his family). So, so much better than getting wet and asking them questions about all their friends.

Now let me be clear, I wholeheartedly support these policies, well not the lack of capture and interrogation. But it is the hypocrisy of the morally superior left that is so nauseating. The greatest evil ever faced by mankind was the creation of the torture factory and most-unconstitutional thing evah- GITMO. The orange jumpsuit became synonymous with Amerikkka under the tyrant Bush. Fast forward to the enlightenment and benevolence under the reign of the One. Suddenly everything bad is good again.

A perfect example is the physics and logic-defying gymnastics performed by one of the most hysterical of the Gitmo-despising, al-Qaeda coddling harpies Ms. Jennifer Daskal, former head Bush-hater at Human Rights Watch. She has an Op-ed in the NYT explaining why we should now keep Gitmo open because, well basically because Barry O says there are bad men there and his word is good enough for her.
Now, almost four years later, I have changed my mind. Despite recognizing the many policy imperatives in favor of closure, despite the bipartisan support for this position, and despite the fact that 166 men still languish there, I now believe that Guantánamo should stay open — at least for the short term.

While I have been slow to come to this realization, the signs have been evident for some time. Three years ago, Barack Obama’s administration conducted a comprehensive review of the Guantánamo detainees and concluded that about four dozen prisoners couldn’t be prosecuted, but were too dangerous to be transferred or released. They are still being held under rules of war that allow detention without charge for the duration of hostilities.
So Barry's guys took a look at these folks (which she worked on), the same guys W's jack-booted thugs refused to turn loose (denying their avowed intention and Allah-given right to rejoin the jihad) and now all of a sudden they can be legally held without trial indefinitely. WOW! ....

I favored drone strikes, enhanced interrogations and indefinite detention for jihadis under W, and in a display of integrity Ms. Daskal obviously lacks, I still support them under O. Principles, you should try them Jennifer.
Today's entry in the ongoing procession of WTF moments that is the Obama administration: A leaked Justice Department memo justifies the use of drones to kill US citizens anywhere, any place, any time just because we can't be troubled to catch them. So no due process, no presumption of innocence, no right to confront your accusers, no fair trial by a jury of your peers, just a Hellfire missile returning you to your component molecules.

Troubling? Yer damn right it is troubling. There is no more dangerous and scary use of state power than the execution of one of its citizens. This set up also has no oversight outside the Executive Branch. I have long supported the use of drones to kill terrorists overseas, and still do. But this is a pretty huge stretch and it seems to be driven by a giant steaming bowl of hypocrisy and gutlessness. Ask yourself why drone killings are all the rage now. Maybe it's because we no longer catch and interrogate terrorists because that is too messy. We were told that Gitmo was the perfect example of what was wrong with America and our "war on terror".
The left's hypocrisy is truly Orwellian, and more and more people are speaking out against it. (Remember, the left only cares about human rights if it helps them politically.) Let's hope that our representatives in the Senate get some serious answers about all of this from CIA Director-nominee John Brennan.