Not 9/11. 7/11. The Obama Administration Still Doesn’t Get It. We Are at War.

Previously posted at Clash Daily.

The Age of Obama is an age of irony. Consider that the one adjective most frequently used to describe Barack Obama, by his acolytes anyway, is “historic,” which is ironic because he has demonstrated repeatedly that either he knows nothing about history or is too arrogant and narcissistic to learn anything from it. Regardless, his lack of historical perspective was on prominent display during his highly-anticipated foreign policy speech on May 23, 2013 at National Defense University. Then consider the irony of this speech, which was largely an explanation and defense of his administration’s very aggressive use of drones to remotely zap terrorists thousands of miles away, consisting of this empty suit droning on for over an hour. Finally, in a slap at that evil George W. Bush, who is apparently still responsible for everything wrong in this country despite being out of office for over four years, the One pronounced that he had “unequivocally banned torture.”

Seriously? What did this insufferable gasbag think this speech was?

Those who were able to stay awake during this confusing, meandering mess were rewarded by a confirmation of what we have known all along. Let me state it simply. Liberals still just don’t get it. They don’t understand the difference between 9/11, as in an existential war against an extremely determined enemy with millions of lunatics willing to die for the cause, and 7/11, as in using law enforcement to find and punish the perp who knocked over the convenience market. Whether it’s Eric “I Recused Myself in My Mind But It Still Counts” Holder, who wanted to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a New York City court room, or Barack Hussein Obama himself choosing to treat Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a criminal rather than an enemy combatant, the dangerous and naîve mentality is the same.

We’ve tried this approach before, during the 1990’s. Six people were murdered in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. The mastermind and ring leader of the first World Trade Center bombing, Ramzi Yousef was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison plus 240 years in January 1998, just 7 months before Islamic fanatics would set off bombs at our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. We were at war. We just didn’t know it. Eventually, reality would smack us out of our blissful ignorance when two huge airliners slammed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and a fourth in a Pennsylvania field.

Sarah Palin was famously humiliated during an interview with Charlie Gibson because she supposedly didn’t know the definition of the “Bush doctrine,” even though there were at least a half dozen definitions floated about during President Bush’s term. There will be no such confusion about the Obama doctrine, as enunciated in this speech. “We act against terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat to the American people, and when there are no other governments capable of effectively addressing the threat.” That’s an interesting test. I guess I wonder how exactly we know who is covered by it. By my reading, the elder Tsarnaev brother, in a Chechen terrorist training camp would not be covered because he had not yet murdered any Americans. Even as he walked among the happy thong at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, he would still not be covered. We had to wait until he and his little bro murdered 4 people, and injured hundreds of others. Here we see the problem with the 7/11 approach to people who are not common criminals, but rather committed warriors.

We were, and are, at war, except in the fantasyland inhabited by Barack Obama and his fellow leftists. Liberals are like children. When grown ups like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld were there to keep us safe, they had the luxury of believing foolishness like the drivel our man-child president fed to his fellow leftists during this unfortunate “change the subject” speech. They can dress up in goofy costumes, have sit-ins, screech about “torture,” and denials of civil rights for people who like to make videos in which they saw off other people’s heads, and otherwise make horses’ hind ends of themselves, and while they may be annoying, they are not dangerous. That is not the case when they are in charge of preventing another 9/11.

 

Obama Administration Decides That Your Government Should Let Congress Know When They Think It’s OK to Kill You

Just in time for John Brennan’s confirmation hearing today, the most transparent administration in history caved on letting Congress see its justification for killing an American citizen with a drone strike. From The Los Angeles Times:

President Obama, who has championed lethal drone strikes as a major part of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts, bowed to pressure Wednesday and agreed to allow the Senate and House intelligence committees to review classified legal memos used to justify a drone strike against a U.S. citizen in Yemen in 2011.

Senators had demanded for months to see the Justice Departmentopinions that provided the White House legal authority to order the targeted killing of Anwar Awlaki, a New Mexico native who became an Al Qaeda leader.

Some cynical, and probably racist, right-wing critics of the Dear Reader have noted a distinct difference in the way that Barack Obama’s enthusiastic support for the programs put in place by the Bush administration to keep America safe, programs that he vilified as a candidate, are being covered by our fearless media. Recall the sniper kill of the Somali pirates in April 2009? At the time, I asked you to consider what sort of coverage that this incident would have received had it happened during the George W. Bush administration. I wrote about that and asked you to add your ideas.

  • “Anderson Cooper runs a series of special reports with Christiane Amanpour describing the desperation of the Somalian teenagers driven to lives of crime by poverty and U.S. arrogance.
  • Brian Williams visits the fishing villages where the slain Somalias tried to eke out a living.
  • Diane Sawyer, barely holding back tears, Interviews Widow of Victim of Bush Vigilantism on the High Seas; Six Now Fatherless Children Ask Why?
  • Keith Olbermanns Special Comment: Murder: Your Answer to Everything, Mr. Bush. In the name of all that is decent, resign!!
  • John Dean (of Watergate fame) writes a column for a legal blog detailing the criminal charges that could and should be brought against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld for killing 3 innocent until proven guilty criminal suspects before they could be indicted. I’m sure you can think of a few more. Please feel free to add yours to the list.”

The response to the sniper kill by the Obama administration? The Lame Stream Media gathered up all their leftover Valentines to send them, and bombarded us with stories about our brave, brilliant young president.

The LSM gave up any pretense of journalism, at least when it comes to Barack Obama, at least ten years ago, so even though the double standard is ridiculously obvious to everyone, they don’t care. That’s why I was surprised to see the LA Times come up with this fig leaf to try to cover up their North Korea-style coverage of the Dear Reader.

The administration’s position has brought objections from some longtime critics. However, the response from Congress has been muted, reflecting the degree to which once-controversial practices in drone warfare have become mainstream after more than a decade of conflict.

Oh, that’s the reason! Everyone accepts these policies now! It’s not that they are trying to cover for Obama. It’s that because he’s doing it now after so many years, it’s all ok!

I guess it’s sort of like that Gitmo thing. I know that it seems like 100 years ago, but remember Barack Obama’s first executive orders, one of which provided to that that heinous torture pit established by Bush and Cheney within one year? I wonder if the task force on detention that he established by another executive order on the same day weighed in on the argument his administration made before a federal judge yesterday? From The Liberal Death Star:

The Obama administration on Wednesday urged a federal appeals court to overturn a sweeping ruling by a district judge that blocked the government from enforcing a statute related to the indefinite detention without trial of terrorism suspects.

Where are the LSM critics of the “fascist” George W. Bush? Bueller? Bueller?