- Combined with last year’s revelations about secret “kill lists”—in which he personally selects and orders who will be killed by drones—the president’s well-cultivated public perception as an anti-war figure has been dramatically diminished.
- President Obama is the CEO of a state built on militarism, war and surveillance.
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March 29, 2013 | In a rare moment of honest questioning from the big-business media, in February, ABC reporter Jon Karl asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “How does dropping a bomb on an American citizen without any judicial review, without any trial, not raise the very human rights questions, or more human rights questions, raised by something like waterboarding?”
President Obama is the CEO of a state built on militarism, war and surveillance.
The reporter noted the contradiction that President Obama repeatedly came out against torturing terrorist suspects, but now has insisted that it is legal to kill them. Carney failed to give a straight answer.
It is not just this single reporter who is struggling to wrap his head around the contradiction. A whole layer of rank-and-file Democratic party activists, many who proudly wear the “progressive” label, are increasingly showing their discomfort—or even disdain—for a policy that directly replicates Bush’s “War on Terror” legal doctrines.