First let me be clear on my position; I like the idea of 6th century murdering swine getting the crap beat out of them without any women or children to hide behind. But this is presented as an illustration of the rank hypocrisy involved here;
This is from the Huffington Post, sent to us by ROS about a group who condemns the Bush & Obama Administrations for their practice of kidnapping terrorists and sending them to other countries to have the snot kicked out of them. here’s how the article starts;
You have to read a little further to get to the part where the Obama Administration is continuing the practice;
When he came into office, President Barack Obama pledged to end the U.S. government’s use of torture and issued an executive order closing the CIA’s secret prisons around the world.
But Obama did not fully end the practice of rendition, which permits the U.S. to circumvent any due process obligations for terrorism suspects. Instead, the administration said it was relying on the less certain “diplomatic assurances” of host countries that they would not torture suspects sent to them for pretrial detention.
This decision, the OSF report concludes, was tantamount to continuing the program, since in the absence of any public accounting, it was impossible to measure the accuracy of those “assurances.”
Like I said initially, I really don’t give shit what happens to these animals, but the people who voted for Obama in 2008 got a guy who hasn’t done anything that they voted for, and they’re not finding out until after they voted for him again. Do I think they would have voted differently? No, please, I’m not that stupid. They’re as much a bunch of hypocrites as the people for whom they voted.
So let’s recap; He promised to close Guantanamo, and didn’t, promised to end torture, and didn’t, extended the PATRIOT Act, extended warrantless wiretaps, half-assed surged troops to the war he said was the real war against terror, expanded the drone war – all in contradiction to what he said he’d do once he was selected. All things that he (and the Huffington Post and the rest of the MoveOn/IVAW/Code Pink crowd condemned) complained about the Bush Administration. All things that he said his opponents would continue and things he vowed to stop.
And the Huffington Post still runs a picture of Bush in the lead-in to the article.
Again, I have no problem with pounding the snot out of these creatures no matter where it happens, my problem is with hypocrisy, personality cults and blind faith.