Just yesterday President Barack Obama was on a moral crusade explaining how reprehensible it was for George W. Bush to hold prisoners at Gitmo and to use enhanced interrogation techniques to extract information from some. Waterboarding was used on three of the worst that could have had information and plans about killing tens of thousands of Americans, former Vice President Dick Cheney says….
I am a little confused then, by this same President, at the commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy today, raising the issue of Navy snipers killing three pirates off the coast of Somalia earlier this year. Those pirates were in danger of harming only one American — and their track record was of never harming any hostages — before or since.
The pirates were teens looking for money. The President ordered their execution. Three of them.
“We uphold our fundamental principles and values not just because we choose to, but because we swear to — not because they feel good, but because they help keep us safe,” the President said today.
Death by sniper is an evil we tolerate in war. In the case of the Somali pirates? Who knows. But it is certainly not cause for gloating pride.
Gitmo and waterboarding brings no joy. But neither does the execution of pirates.
The fourth pirate was captured, read his rights and is in New York going through the Obama plan explained for all terrorists and overseas evil doers yesterday.
So the Obama “read ’em their rights and get them into court” plan has worked exactly 25% of the time for him so far.
The other three — the 75% — are dead.
But Obama feels it is necessary to lecture the Bush Administration…..
Obama might leave his moralizing and judgment of others up to men of the cloth…..
At the top of the U.S. government we have this guy, Rahm “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste” Emanuel. He probably predicted what the “head shots” would mean to the Obama legacy….
Moralist in Chief Barack Obama apparently blesses and thanks the graduates of Notre Dame….Sunday, May 17, 2009. Center is board of trustees chairman Dick Notebaert.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)