On June 5th, a U.S. military drone dropped a bomb in Pakistan which killed IIyas Kashmiri, a senior al Qaida leader. Good riddance, I say.
And yet I wonder, where are all of those on the left who so forcefully and roundly condemned President Bush for “torturing” Khalid Sheik Muhammad by “simulating drowning” which resulted in not the slightest mark or long term damage to his physical well being? You know those I’m talking about, the ones who said we were destroying America’s values, and our image around the world. Yes, the same ones who said President Bush should be impeached, and sent to the Hague and tried for war crimes.
I don’t understand it. I really don’t. How on the one hand can someone be so outraged by a harmless simulated drowning that yields invaluable information, but comfortable with a targeted assassination? Perhaps John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and the New York Times would have been much happier had we simply shot KSM in the back when we first had him in our sites, instead of bringing him to Gitmo, giving him 3 square meals a day, handing him Korans with gloved hands, allowing his daily prayers, and giving him a trial by a military court? Would death have been preferable to the perhaps 5 hours of difficult times he went through while being waterboarded, followed by 8 years of care in what even Democrats now call “a very humane and first class incarceration facility”?
To be fair, I have heard a few liberals say waterboarding is bad, and drone assassinations are even worse. But they are few and far between. The vast majority have concluded that, since it’s their guy (Obama) doing the droning/killing, it must be OK. But when it was George W. Bush, El Diablo himself, allowing “torture”, he was a war criminal.
Sometimes I find such hypocrisy on the left downright humorous, but during more reflective times it both angers me and scares me. It angers me because I think of all the things that were said and done to our former President and the damage done to our country by the screaming from the left. All of this was based on either hypocrisy or political self-interest. Scary because these are the same people who run our country now, and their constituents exist in such large numbers and vote with their hypocrisy and twisted logic for our political leaders.
I credit the President for stepping up drone attacks. I just wonder how he, and those who voted for him in 2008, rationalize these attacks while to this day they condemn our former President, and for that matter condemn our country, for having waterboarded 3 high ranking al Qaida leaders mining for information that saved many American lives.