In 2007 and 2009, Senator Barack Obama campaigned hard on rolling
back the national security
the Bush administration: He wanted to close the prison at Guantanamo
Bay, put more emphasis on civil liberties, and in general bring a
liberal Democrat tinge to the conservative Republican "Global War on
Terror." Now that he's president, we don't use the phrase "Global War on
Terror" anymore, but has anything else of substance changed? A growing
contingent of liberal and conservative writer are arguing that, when it
comes to national security, President Obama is a lot like President
- The 9/14 President The Washington Times' Eli Lake argues in Reason Magazine
that Obama is still governing with the powers granted Bush on Sept. 14,
Obama, like Bush, is committed to a long war against an
amorphous network of terrorists. In at least the constitutional sense,
he is no harder or softer than his predecessor. And like his
predecessor, he has not come up with a plan for relinquishing these
extraordinary powers once the long war ends, if it ever does. If change
is going to come to U.S. policy on terrorism, it will have to come from a
bipartisan recognition that Americans cannot trust their government to
tell them when they are safe again.
Obama's Hard-Right Shift Salon's Glenn Greenwald gasps, "So back then, Obama said
the President lacks the power merely to detain
U.S. citizens without charges. Now, as President, he claims the power
to assassinate them without charges. Could even his
hardest-core loyalists try to reconcile that with a straight face?"
Speechwriter: 'You're Welcome' David Frum writes, "some conservative
criticism of the president has, ironically, given him undeserved
political cover, by enabling him to pretend that he has radically
changed Bush administration policies. The true point is that in office,
Obama has discovered that those policies were necessary and reasonable.
You’re welcome. Apology accepted."
- Shows That 'Cheney v.
Obama' Is Theater The Washington Post's David Weigel says the media
loves to play up Obama-Cheney spats, but in fact there's little
difference. "We like to wring our hands and hit our keyboards whenever
some veteran of the Bush administration -- some named Cheney, some with
other surnames -- issue a 'smackdown' against Obama's national security
policy. It's good copy, but it's immaterial to how the administration is
actually conducting this."
- Good For Obama Owner of The
New Republic Marty Peretz is glad. "I
take it is a relief that, aside from its rhetorical pandering to the
civil libertarian absolutists who can’t seem to grasp that Muslim terror
networks are in a worldwide war with the United States and its
remaining allies, the Obama administration is actually extending the
life of the Bush presidency in its defense against jihad," he writes.
"This is about fine distinctions ... as it ought to be."
Review: Obama Too Conservative For Us The conservative magazine's Kevin Williamson worries
about Obama's assassination program. "Surely there has to be some
operational constraint on the executive when it comes to the killing of
U.S. citizens," he writes. "This seems to me to be setting an awful and
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