Wednesday, February 8, 2012

As long as Obama approves of drone strikes on American citizens, it's OK

Greg Sargent:
Depressingly, Democrats approve of the drone strikes on American citizens by 58-33, and even liberals approve of them, 55-35. Those numbers were provided to me by the Post polling team.

It’s hard to imagine that Dems and liberals would approve of such policies in quite these numbers if they had been authored by George W. Bush.
That's right. I've already written about my angst about President Obama and the way he's gone against my hopes and expectations, where civil liberties are concerned. But Sargent is right: If George W. Bush was commanding drones to assassinate American citizens, the left would be up in arms. But somebody from our tribe is pulling the trigger now, so no big thing, right?

If you trust Obama with that power, liberals, understand: Eventually there will be another Republican president. Maybe not in 2012. But it will happen. Will you trust that president—Rick Santorum, say, or Paul Ryan—to use that power in a way that you also trust? And if not, how do you craft a reasonable rule that gives Obama the go-ahead while leashing President Bachmann? It's probably not possible. If you roll over for Obama, you'll have little standing to complain a few years from now. I certainly won't want to hear it.

1 comment:

Noble Rot said...

"Will you trust that president—Rick Santorum, say, or Paul Ryan—to use that power in a way that you also trust?"

If we're to the point of asking this question — the fact that this is even being considered — we've probably already gone too far to turn back.

It shouldn't even be a question. We need to move the line back to due process and constitutional separation of powers.