Does he even read the speeches someone wrote for him before he babbles? Or does he think any of latest offerings made any sense?
Zero gave a national security speech today. Here are the highlights……
America “is at war with al Qaeda, the Taliban and their associated forces,” Obama said.
Okay, I buy that. We are whether we want to be or not. But, then, we don’t try people we are at war with in our civilian courts……. like we intend to do with the scumbags walking freely in Libya.
He justifies our killing of American citizens abroad……
“When a U.S. citizen goes abroad to wage war against America — and is actively plotting to kill U.S. citizens; and when neither the United States, nor our partners are in a position to capture him before he carries out a plot — his citizenship should no more serve as a shield than a sniper shooting down on an innocent crowd should be protected from a SWAT team,” Obama said.
But, this is easy to remedy without stripping the citizen of due process. Anwar al-Awlaki had long been operating against the interests of the US. Zero says we’re at war with nutjobs like Anwar al-Awlaki. So, let’s call it for what it is, treason, and strip him of his citizenship before we kill him and those like him. Sure, if he’s presenting an imminent danger. But, let’s not pretend. Anwar al-Awlaki operated for years in this manner.
On one hand, Zero defended droning. But, he wants to close Guantanamo, full of people we didn’t kill, making a moral argument…..
Guantanamo Bay also threatens to create new enemies of the state and diminish the country’s moral standing in the world, Obama said, revisiting a campaign promise he made before his first term.
Yeh, Zero, that makes sense. It’s more moral to just drone-kill the SOBs than it is to detain them. I don’t know if you’ve checked it lately but, the drone issue isn’t seen as a moral preference by many abroad. I mean, if we’re going to worry about what other people think of us. Personally, I don’t, but this is the argument Zero seemed to try and make.
But, more on Guantanamo, here’s a laughable quote……
That’s not to mention the economic implications, the president said. The country spends $150 million annually to imprison 166 suspects, and the Defense Department estimates that keeping Gitmo open may cost another $200 million “at a time when we are cutting investments in education and research here at home,” he said.
Zero is going to pretend to care about $150 million? Since when? And please, quit pretending that we’re cutting anything. We’re not. Then he makes another illogical argument……
Explaining that no prisoner has ever escaped a supermax or military facility — and noting that U.S. courts have had no issue prosecuting terrorists, some more dangerous than those at Guantanamo — Obama said he would push again to close the detention center and appoint State and Defense department envoys to make sure the detainees are transferred to other countries.
What? Because they’re held in Guantanamo they can’t be tried by our courts? That’s nonsensical. Of course they can be tried in our courts. They tried to do that in New York but, decided against it. Then there’s the red herring about no one ever escaping a supermax prison. So what? Neither has there been anyone escaping Guantanamo. Can someone tell me what the difference is between holding them at Guantanamo vs holding them somewhere on the CONUS? How does that make us in better moral standing? If Zero wants the people to get behind this, he needs to make the argument of how it would be better for the American people to house the terrorists in our back yard than to house them in Guantanamo.
Related to the speech…..
At Wednesday’s daily briefing, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama is “considering a range of options” to reduce the prison’s population. Senior officials say there is a focus on repatriating and transferring detainees.
“I would say that one of the options is reappointing a senior official at the State Department to renew our focus on repatriating or transferring those detainees,” Carney said.
As to repatriating some of these ….. people. As I recollect the recidivism is simply too high to do this in the interest of the Western Civilization. That’s why we quit releasing these scumbags.
150 former Guantanamo detainees are either “confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities,” according to a new intelligence assessment released by the Director of National Intelligence’s office on Tuesday. In total, 598 detainees have been transferred out of U.S. custody at Guantanamo. 1 out of every 4, or 25 percent, of these former detainees is now considered a confirmed or suspected recidivist by the U.S. government.
The to complete his circular thinking, he touches on foreign aid. Because we care about $150 million……
Obama also raised the unpopular topic of foreign aid in his Thursday speech, presenting it not as charity but as a means of national security. It amounts to less than 1% of the national a budget but is integral to fighting terrorism, he said.
“For what we spent in a month in Iraq at the height of the war, we could be training security forces in Libya, maintaining peace agreements between Israel and its neighbors, feeding the hungry in Yemen, building schools in Pakistan, and creating reservoirs of goodwill that marginalize extremists,” he said.
By maintaining peace agreements, I take that to mean giving Muslim Brotherhood led Egypt tanks and fighter jets. Yeh, I can see how that works towards maintaining peace. As far as building schools, you just as well give a fish a bicycle. It would provide the same utility. Training security forces…… I think after our Benghazi experience, it’s pretty clear we’ve no idea who we’re training or where any munitions may end up. Kinda like our Afghan experience. I think we’re better off not training these people to be better killers.
The whole speech was nothing but flipping back and forth from dichotomous thoughts. We want to be frugal but, lets give money and munitions away to people who are likely to use them against US interests.
We worry about our perceived moral standing among the world, presumably mostly the Muslim community we’re worried about, (I’m pretty sure many of our friends in the UK and elsewhere, would prefer we keep the terrorists where they are). But, drone-killing is justified over detention.
He thinks a sniper on a roof top is like driving around Yemen, worries that we flout “the rule of law” but, will kill American citizens without proper due process.
We’re at war, but, want to try scumbags in our courts….. and on and on he goes. Where he stops, even he doesn’t know.
Does his teleprompter have a mind of its own?