While Barack Obama mugged for the cameras with families of 9/11 victims, with a dubious look of solemnity, a harsh underlying truth exists which cannot be denied – America got the world’s most wanted terrorist in spite of the Obama administration policies, NOT as a result of them.
The truth is, Osama Bin Laden was tracked down through intelligence gleaned under the Bush administration, using the rigorous interrogation methods – on high level Al Qaeda operatives – which Mr. Obama would criminalize on his second day in office.
The irony encompassing the killing of Bin Laden is thick indeed. On one hand, leftist ideologues like Mr. Obama have a philosophic belief that terrorists, inexplicably, merit Miranda rights and should be afforded the protections of the U.S. Constitution in general, including trials in American criminal courts.
On the other, Obama sanctions the killing of a citizen of a foreign sovereignty, terrorist or no, which has long been considered a taboo, particularly under the “International Law” he claims to hold a deep respect for. This is of course, notwithstanding the fact that it (assassination) has happened before, despite the prohibition.
White House spokesman Jay Carney, suggested that this was a precedent-setting event, and that President Obama “reserves the right” to launch comparable attacks into Pakistan in the future.
Mr. Obama’s record of using ad hoc strategems to justify his political agenda is well known. This aside, it is interesting to juxtaposition the capture of Saddam Hussein under Bush’s presidency and that of Bin Laden under Obama’s.
In fairness, Obama gave the go ahead to “take out” Osama Bin Laden, and though his capture would have been infinitely more valuable, his death is also a plus in terms of bringing down terrorism as a whole.
Yet it is curious how caterwauling liberals, the like of which put the president in office, lionize the accolades of the current administration in this situation, yet demonize what they see to be the failings and past indiscretions of “W.”
Perhaps what makes it most curious, is that Saddam was taken alive, given due process, convicted and rightly executed in accordance with law, all under the aegis of the Bush presidency. Bin Laden on the other hand was killed inside the umbra of, “Mr. Obama ‘reserve(d) the right’ to do so.”
Not that liberals will notice, but the contrast is intriguing. In any case, a continuation on the present course of prohibiting the kind of pre-Obama interrogation that gave the U.S Bin Laden is, as comedian and political analyst Dennis Miller put it, “immoral” and jeopardizes real American lives, amongst others.