- Last Updated: 11:13 PM, May 30, 2012
- Posted: May 31, 2012
We know it’s never going to happen, but it should.
Two little words spoken by President Obama to predecessor George W. Bush and the Bush anti-terror team — VP Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, et al.
Two little words that would demonstrate the Leader of the Free World has learned a few things during 40 months in office.
Two little words that everyone’s mother taught them to say when they shot their mouths off and later found out that not only were they wrong, but they were LOUD wrong.
Obama owes Bush & Co. that much after The New York Times revealed this week that Obama himself gives the final word on a top-secret “Kill List” of suspected al Qaeda operatives.
This is the same “liberal law professor” Obama who spent the 2008 campaign excoriating the Bush War on Terror and promising to close the Guantanamo lockup for suspected terrorists.
Now he’s going through a list of names and checking it twice — before giving the thumbs up or thumbs down.
In fact, the Times also reports a suspicion that the president’s decision to kill terror suspects relieves him of the politically tricky call of where to send them if they had been captured.
How’s that for political expediency?
The Times story also details Obama’s controversial decision to step up drone attacks and classify all military-age men in a strike zone as combatants unless evidence arises to prove that they’re not.
Funny how things change when you’re in office, as opposed to complaining from the outside.
And the president doesn’t do a thing without first checking with a fellow named John O. Brennan, his counterterrorism chief and a 25-year CIA veteran who helped run the intelligence agency under Obama’s predecessor.
Brennan might have become CIA head if not for the wailing and gnashing of teeth from those on the left upset about Bush-era interrogation practices.
The Times characterizes Brennan as “a priest whose blessing has become indispensable” to Obama.
The irony is thick.
We have no problem with what the president is doing. It’s exactly the role the commander-in-chief should play, and it’s far preferable to when Obama was advocating reading suspected terrorists their Miranda rights.
But he really should give his predecessor his due. C’mon, it’s only two words.
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