Obama came out this week to blast the perceptions known as the torture report.
The report documents a troubling program involving enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects in secret facilities outside the United States, and it reinforces my long-held view that these harsh methods were not only inconsistent with our values as nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests. Moreover, these techniques did significant damage to America’s standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners. That is why I will continue to use my authority as President to make sure we never resort to those methods again.
As Commander in Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the safety and security of the American people. We will therefore continue to be relentless in our fight against al Qaeda, its affiliates and other violent extremists. We will rely on all elements of our national power, including the power and example of our founding ideals.
But last year another revelation was taking shape. That was statements Obama made to top aides, revealed in a new book. The Washington Times reported:
The president’s specific words: I’m “really good at killing people,” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write in “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” The Daily Mail reported. They get their claim from a Washington Post report that buries the statement as a brief anecdote in an article, in which the president is described as speaking to aides about the drone program and then making the claim.
So when he wants to talk about “harsh” methods, I guess Obama is all over the statements — being a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. But if talking about drones and killing people, Obama prides himself on that. Whether it was an off hand remark or not it shows the duplicitous attitude of Obama. On one hand, he actually made a campaign theme on his ability to kill people. Oh that’s right, he made another, earlier campaign about interrogation methods and closing Gitmo.
But droning people? He has weekly meetings about killing people, as revealed in 2012. He is personally involved in the process. Well, with all the practice, he should be good at it by now. Yet he condemns those interrogation tactics as inconsistent with our values.
It’s ironic that this 2012 NYT report was to bolster confidence in his national security credentials in the midst of a long, tough reelection campaign.
President Obama, overseeing the regular Tuesday counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. 19, 2010, the end of a first year in office punctuated by terrorist plots and culminating in a brush with catastrophe over Detroit on Christmas Day, a reminder that a successful attack could derail his presidency. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them.
“How old are these people?” he asked, according to two officials present. “If they are starting to use children,” he said of Al Qaeda, “we are moving into a whole different phase.”
It was not a theoretical question: Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical.
Well the values of protecting US citizens, like in Benghazi, hardly rank high on his list. His whereabouts on the night of the attack are still undetermined. The lies after about what it was did not seal his commitment to Americans’ security, or our values.
But now he stands for American “values”? Toss in the values of his Obamacare sales pitch, in most places called lying, repeated with precision. He implies that he read the Democrat’s report version at least, as opposed to pesky briefings he cannot be bothered with.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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