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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Obama : Kill But Don't Waterboard

5/10/11 Debra J. Saunders

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8:08:41 AM by SmithL

At the end of his "60 Minutes" interview, President Obama said of Osama bin Laden's death, "Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn't deserve what he got needs to have their head examined."

The longer he serves in office, the more Obama sounds like George W. Bush.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd also has started to sound like Bush. In her Sunday column, "Killing Evil Doesn't Make Us Evil," Dowd writes that when Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, it seemed like "the only civilized and morally sound response."

Obama and Dowd long have claimed that it was morally reprehensible for the CIA to waterboard 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Candidate Obama said that waterboarding was "never acceptable" because it "contradicts our values." Obama even criticized his now-Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for having said in 2006 that she would authorize brutal interrogation measures to prevent a terrorist attack.

Apparently it fits with Obama's and Dowd's values to kill an unarmed bin Laden - as long as you don't waterboard him first to learn possible intelligence that might prevent a terrorist attack.


( Oh, and apparently the Europeans are unaware of Mr. Obama's "Bad Guy Exception to First-Degree Murder" rule. They captured and transported Mladic to the Hague for trial for his genocide of thousands of Serbian Muslims. Why didn't the Serbian military just shoot him? Summary justice without legal complications is the Obama ethic. Don't the Europeans understand that first-degree murder is the way to handle murderers like Mladic? These overly sensitive views of civilized behavior must be so frustrating to our president. Oh, are we subject to the World Court any longer? Did Mr. Obama ever reverse Mr. Bush's exit from World-Court jurisdiction? Need to check that. McGuire )