Is Obama committing crimes? He might someday be prosecuted for ordering drone attacks By Dan Simpson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
The coincidence in time of an international court sentencing former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor to 50 years in prison for war crimes and the detailed account in The New York Times of how President Barack Obama decides which foreign and US citizens to kill with drones, without trial, makes me nervous.
Mr. Taylor was not the first major political leader tried for crimes in an international court. Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was on trial when he died in 2006. Former Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadjic and Ratko Mladic are currently on trial. Former Chad President Hissene Habre and Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir are candidates for such trials.
Any prosecutor involved in international law is fully aware of one of the major difficulties of bringing off successful war crimes prosecutions — tying the actions of the accused directly to the crimes committed.
Now, putting aside whether it is legal for Mr. Obama to order the death by drone of al-Qaida and other figures, numbering now around 2,000 in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, plus whoever happens to be nearby when a rocket hits — associates, friends, wives, children — he is clearly responsible for doing so. The president is described in the Times piece as personally choosing the targets.
Few have said yet that these killings are war crimes, but one day someone is likely to deem them so and Mr. Obama may even be charged in an international court, probably after he has left office. He clearly is taking direct responsibility because he sees the drone killings as something that only a president can order.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of, and work for, a world without nuclear weapons.
A few hours later, Obama launched into a passionate campaign speech that included an extended attack on Romney’s economic proposals. “There’s nothing new about these ideas,” the president said. “It’s like somebody goes to a restaurant, orders a big steak dinner, a martini, all that stuff, then, just as you’re sitting down, they leave and accuse you of running up the tab.”
Uh. Mr. President? Didn't you vote for the largest budgets EVER in American History? ( he might not remember, he didn't really DO much Senator stuff before he began the Forever Campaign )
Nothing new under the sun..... Leads me to believe even HE hasn't read the damn bill that bares his epithet.
the PPACA 'Obamacare' is NOTHING more than the expanded eligibility of the entitlements of Medicaid. No improvement in care No improvement in access (in fact with an estimated 31 MILLION new 'enrollees' "access" is about to get f%ck-ed) No new reimbursement on an ailing system that is NOT market driven .... but it does give the IRS authority over your healthcare, personal data, and deeds to your private property... and a new armed division of uniformed 'advisors' ... although power and money grabs by the IRS are nothing new and meddling 'advisors' that start trouble - nothing new either.
Americans are finally waking up to the fact that Obama is the worst president in US history. He is singularly unqualified for this executive position and has been reduced to either lying or blaming others for his shortcomings. These traits are simply not those of a leader and he has been reduced to continually needing to have his sycophants stoke his megalomania. Look at the national security leaks that have emanated from the White House. Obama needs to change his middle name from Hussein to Milhouse. Holder is a disgrace and only the most deluded will continue to support him and his boss. Obama is beginning to understand Nixon. So are the People finally beginning to understand Obama.
Rein I dont think Nixon was ever anti american he was Insecure and scared. He did things no one else ever did opened china to the modern world. He was the first politician to support Martin Luther King and bring him to DC. Obama is really scared and Mad at the Country since we just dont deserve a leader as great as he is! Obama lives for the love he thinks the country owes him. The danger for the country is will come after the election when he acts like a jilted lover who burns down his ex wifes house with her in it. We have nearly 3 months where we need to paralyze The senate to prevent him signing the small arms treaty and the LOST treaty. We need to look into removing the UN from our soil Bikini atoll needs a major investor Diego Garcia looks good too
Yes, those disrespectful of the Chosen One must be destroyed. Julian would be right at home with praising Caligula.
It is, I agree, rude to ask questions while the campaign announcement is still going on. Witness the great respect these folks had for GWB. It's pretty clear that questioning the decisions of this President is "just not done".
While it seems from a distance that every guy who want to get the job ( as President ) is a self serving rich jerk who would sell his grandmother to get power.... Come to think of it,that's EXACTLY what Barry has done to the woman that raised him, by accusing his grandmother of racist thinking....
Or that amassing great wealth has become boring and now they want to play a bigger game..... Mitt's darn rich, and Barry's a multimillionaire, without actually working for his money... ( unless you count the hours spent with the Ghost Writers of his multiple biographies.... )
Ok, Ok, it certainly does look like tweedledum or tweedledee.
I don't even like Mitt. He's not my choice. ( she's too smart to run ) but He doesn't have the ego to have multiple biographies written before he got famous. Barry has. AFAIK Mitt has not chosen minions who are ardent Communist revolutionaries and admirers of Mao. Barry has. ( and Barack Obama's own criteria for judging HIM is who he chooses to associate himself with ) AFAIK, Mitt didn't start his career in politics in the living room of an unrepentant mass murdering anarcho-communist, that he had spent years with dispensing other peoples money.... Barry did.
And, finally while I have no idea what Mitt and the new Congress will do next year to try and slow the end of Capitalism and civilization on Earth, I know Barry wants to spend another $50,000, per person in America, man, woman, child, a year, in increased debt, for the next decade. ( that's above the $50k a year he hits us with in taxes...each....on average )
At that rate, each of us will be in hock for half a million dollars, and there is no possible way to pay it back. The average American makes about $50k. He owes it all to the debt. $500k? not going to happen. We may be sheeple..... but we also aren't going to pay that. Expect war.
As a side note, when the West Falls, ( coming to an apocalypse near you ) probably the safest, and best place to be is a near paradise island far from other lands, capable of growing it's own food, and isolated, and more importantly defensible, against the incredible danger of a Red China that has a gender gap rendering most of it's males without a chance of getting laid. Not a Zombie apocalypse, perhaps, but still an issue.
Having more than a couple of Lockheed P-3's and frigates would help. I hope NZ stays buds with the Aussies.
The NZDF, despite it's small size, and tiny budget, is one of the top 5-6 best militaries in the world. England, Australia, Canada, New Zealnad are all top notch, and suffer under tiny budgets and little support. ( which reminds me of 1938 for some reason..... )
Cleaning the political drains is the dirtiest job democracy has to offer. Problem being, too many voters believe we are better off with dirty drains.
Surely we can solve the problems of the world in, say, three bottles of decent wine.
Decades ago we (the imperial "we," meaning "me") turned our back on grand concepts as applied to the world of chronic do-gooders, world savers, political movers and shakers, policy makers, etc. Too many people are blind to the likelihood that Obama and Romney represent the very rock slide that will eventually crush them. Political and social myopia.
People will die in a s*** storm of psychological and political drama that they could have avoided if their brains worked. I resent that they'll probably take me with them.
Global security is the greatest oxymoron of our time. War equals money, hence the underground continuum of Russian and Chines expansionism and Barry wandering through international political arenas with a mattress on his back offering curb service to the muslims.
What that man did today is simply unconscionable. Whoever does not see him as a petty dictator is absolutely blind. I cannot wait for election season 2016 when he (or rather those who control him (Soros et. al.)) manufacture some sort of domestic crisis in order to declare martial law and instate himself as president indefinitely.
(as I said before - it is the only card he has to play ; and he is banking on a large portion of the 800,000 to vote for him.... and hell their cousins, nephews and nieces too ; we are afterall already paying for them too )
Well - there is his civil rights icongraphy - looks like he is well on the road to join Kennedy and Lincoln. They are engineering the martyrdom. For all those of you that Support this guy - who the F' is Biden ? Hope you like him, he is next in the line of tyranny.
Which Former President Does Barack Obama Most Resemble? June 13, 2012 - 12:09 am - by Roger L Simon
Now that we are deep into a presidential election year that promises to be a referendum on the direction of our nation, possibly even of the world, it seems appropriate to examine similarities between our current president and past presidents to see what that reveals.
Which former president most closely resembles Barack Obama? I have my theory. You may feel differently. Whoever the choice may be, the discussion of the subject may tell us important things about what we should be looking for in leadership.
The conventional wisdom, especially on the right, is that of all past presidents Barack Obama most closely resembles Jimmy Carter. Both men, after all, presided over parlous economic times and chose ultra-typical liberal solutions that did not work, apparently worsening the situation and leading to, in Carter’s own term, national “malaise.” Both men also had to deal with serious challenges from Iran and did so, to say the least, ineffectually.
So the case for Carter — who, as we all know, was not reelected — is strong. But I have another candidate, one who to me resembles Barack Obama more, especially in personality and style.
His name is Richard Nixon.
Now I realize the comparison is unfair to Nixon who, other than Watergate of course, was a pretty decent president. He and his cohort Henry Kissinger opened Red China and effectively changed history by triangulating the Soviet Union. What those two men did helped lead to the diminution of Maoism as well and probably saved a huge number of lives.
Tricky Dick also ratified the first, and ultimately most significant, U. S. environmental legislation, the kind that actually had a positive effect on the air and water, as opposed to the destructive self-regarding nonsense we have today.
Unfortunately, Nixon, for all his political brilliance, was an overly suspicious, many have even said paranoid, man.
And therein lies the similarity to Barack Obama. Call Obama “Nixon lite.”
From the very beginning Obama gave hints of Nixonian traits, but now, with his presidency crumbling around him, the global economy in freefall, and his signature healthcare legislation loved only by members of his immediate family (and even they have probably not read it), he is approaching the apotheosis of Nixonianism – sweaty brows, furtive looks, and a generally solitary and paranoid style.
Even the normally sympathetic Vanity Fair has portrayed him as an isolated man — one who has isolated himself. Is that not Nixon?
And his attorney general, Eric Holder, is being quintessentially Nixonian, repeatedly prevaricating in front of Congress on the “Fast & Furious” scandal. As with Nixon, it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.
Although I admit the tone of this article is to some degree sarcastic, unlike Bill Maher, I take little pleasure in biting sarcasm toward my political adversaries. The condition of country is not good, worse, in fact, than it was even under Carter and certainly under Nixon.
The mainstream media, as again we all know, never examined Obama the man when he first ran for office, although there were many markers available to them. They received him instead with a swoon, the exact opposite manner from which they received Nixon back in the day.
But the American public deserves better than incompetents like Carter and paranoids like Nixon. They deserve grown-ups, perhaps devoid of flash and charisma, but competent enough to do the job. Maybe we need a new Calvin Coolidge.
If you don’t think my comparison is apt, let me know. I know it’s not perfect — history may repeat itself, but never identically — but it’s the best I could do at the moment. Have at me.
Lincoln, Kennedy - and not because of any leadership qualities. They have been painting this 'tragedy' early and clear. He gets reelected, he follows their history. The left will never 'impeach' this guy - not ever. And we know he doesn't care for the right or the Constitution (1.o)
so there will be a bit of wag the dog - question is if it is a bit of racial tension ginned up on the southern front, or international drummed up because we are playing in Syria. either way - it is a long road to November.
Rein a very accurate account of Nixon The 60 election changed him He felt cheated out of the election by a unqualified pretty boy with connections. If he had been voted in in 60 Vietnam would not have turned out as it did
It was the Mayor Richard Daly missing R. Chicago votes, in 1960, combined with the intentional bad makeup job on Nix On by a CBS producer that got us a sample of Kennedy.
Nixon took us off the gold standard. I shall never forgive him for that.
Obama hates me, and rightly so. I love his affected speech, his ever present condescending from below all of us, his lack of practical intelligence overshadowed by inbred socialist ideology. Sure, Romney is a political hack, lost in the old boy network. Romney sucks. Obama blows. I'm not voting in November, as is my right.