May 16, 2010

At least some folks are consistent

2,000 US Actors, Prominent Liberals Accuse Obama of “War Crimes,” Says He’s “Worse Than Bush” For Authorizing Assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. (Source.)

“Crimes are crimes, no matter who does them,” the statement reads over pictures of Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush due to appear in the New York Review of Books.

The statement, published as a paid advertisement, accuses Obama, who was elected in 2008 with the enthusiastic support of US liberals, of continuing Bush’s controversial approach to human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in domestic security.

It takes aim especially at Obama’s decision — reported by US officials — to authorize the killing of a radical Islamic cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who is accused of ties to Al-Qaeda in Yemen.

“In some respects this is worse than Bush,” the statement says. “First, because Obama has claimed the right to assassinate American citizens whom he suspects of ‘terrorism,’ merely on the grounds of his own suspicion or that of the CIA, something Bush never claimed publicly.”

Among the signatories are linguist Noam Chomsky, “L.A. Confidential” actor James Cromwell, actor Mark Ruffalo and prominent Bush-era anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan. By midday Thursday there were 1,804 signatures.

They also lambast Obama for having refused “to prosecute any members of the Bush regime who are responsible for war crimes, including some who admitted to waterboarding and other forms of torture, thereby making their actions acceptable for him.”

Wait -- Bush "regime?" Isn't this the term for which Rush Limbaugh has been getting endless grief ... for using it to describe the current administration?

Nevertheless, I wonder when the usual suspects will gather the cojones to do what these libs have done. After all, during the last administration we were treated to a daily cacophony of protests about George W. Bush "trashing" and "shredding" the Constitution.

Posted by Hube at May 16, 2010 11:06 AM | TrackBack

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Actually I think these signatories are so crazy that they'd accuse any president who did not immediately surrender upon taking office. I guess only Kucinich would please them.

Posted by: Duffy at May 17, 2010 08:46 AM

Bush Bad therefore anything you do that Bush did is bad.

I think that is the intellectual depth of the hard left.

I do agree that it merits notice, but the man is on the battlefield commanding actions against us. What they ignore is that we are at war. There is nothing wrong with taking out the command of the enemy. I support the President. That alone must upset them.

Posted by: Republican David at May 18, 2010 11:46 AM

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