Friday, September 17, 2010

Obama in Wonderland - Glenn Greenwald -

Glenn Greenwald is all upset about this New York Times article, but for some reason I'm unimpressed:
The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday. . . . It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing, officials said.
Everyone on the left is screaming about tyranny, but targeted killing is pretty much the only way to prosecute a war against an enemy with no army. And if you go to the other side then you're a traitor, and if the President as commander-in-chief wants to go after you, then that's why he's commander-in-chief. What Greenwald and co. are arguing for is passivity. They're arguing that the President has no right to be at war period. But that's a different argument, and one that if they made it, they could probably win. But instead, they're creating this strawm-man Obama who will selectively target his enemies like a story book wicked King. This line of thinking walks right up to the edge of truther-ism. The war isn't bad policy. It isn't bad foreign policy. It's a hoax, perpetrated by an evil cabal that seeks to take away your freeedom.

If it weren't for the tea party I'd be worried that I was becoming conservative, but yeesh, the anti-war left sounds more and more like Fox News all the time.