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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Obama's terrorism speech:
Our export of terror continues.
"What should be beyond
dispute, at this point, is that Obama's speeches have very little to do with Obama's actions, except to the
extent that they often signal what he intends not to do.
How many times does Obama
have to deliver a speech
embracing a set of values and policies, only to watch
as he then proceeds to do the opposite"
"The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf added that Obama "has a long record
of broken promises and misleading rhetoric
on civil liberties" ACLU's executive director Anthony Romero... noted,
"the president still claims broad authority to
carry out targeted killings
far from any battlefield, and there is still
McClatchy's Leslie Clark and Jonathan Landay
astutely noted that Obama's formulation for
when drone strikes should be used was broader
than past government statements which meant he
"appeared to be laying groundwork for an expansion of the controversial targeted killings"
...his speech had something for everyone, which
is another way of saying that it offered nothing
definitive or even reliable about future actions.
No matter how good it made some eager-to-believe progressives feel, it's impossible rationally to assess Obama's future posture regarding the war on terror, secrecy and civil liberties except by his actions.
Until one sees actual changes in behavior and substance on those issues, cheering for those changes as though they already occurred or are guaranteed is the height