This is White House press secretary Jay Carney, reading from a prepared statement authorized by the president, on the topic of US drone strikes on Al Qaeda personnel who are not in war zones and who are not at the time engaged in hostile action against the US. These drone strikes have also targeted US citizens, and have resulted in unknown numbers of civilian casualties, including at least one American 16-year old boy:
(H/t The Corner)
And this is Barack Obama speaking in 2007:
(H/t Gateway Pundit)
So, as NBC News’ Michael Isikoff reports, according to an Obama/Holder Justice Department memo, it’s okay for the U.S. government to authorize the extrajudicial killing of American citizens who are believed to be senior operational leaders of al-Qaeda, even if there’s no intelligence that they’re involved in an active plot against the U.S. According to Jay Carney, such killing is “legal, ethical, and wise.”
On the other hand, it’s inarguably torture and a war crime to waterboard a non-citizen who’s the confirmed No. 2 leader of al-Qaeda and who actually planned the most horrific terrorist attack in American history.
For those who believe that somehow Obama is being hypocritical and inconsistent, nothing could be further from the truth. He has been quite consistent throughout that:
Conservatives = bad
Republicans = bad, bad
Bush = bad, bad, bad
Liberals = good
Democrats = good, good
Obama = good, good, good
Kindergarten logic. It really is as simple as that.