I support the drone program that is bringing the fight to Al Qaeda and the Taliban within Pakistan, but I do find it interesting how quiet the American left has been as President Obama has executed his “kill list” that he believes is necessary to protect America. These drone strikes have reportedly killed hundreds of civilians as well. However, former President Bush for authorizing enhanced interrogation, which he thought was necessary to protect America is vilified by the same people:
It was not a theoretical question: Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.
Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation. [New York Times]
You can read the whole article at the link, it is an interesting read.