28 July 2013

Being American

How would it make you feel if Jeffrey Dahlmer or Charles Manson or The Boston Strangler or Ted Kaczynski said, "I am acting on behalf of the United States, and it is the will of the American people that I do what I do."


That's how I feel when I hear about Obama's killing of women and children with drone attacks in Yemen.

Or protecting and hiding the CIA team—and refusing to cooperate with Italian authorities—that kidnapped a man off the streets of Italy and sent him to be tortured in Egypt because some CIA station chief thought that there was some possibility that the kidnap victim might know somebody who might be in Al Queda?

Or being disappointed that Yemeni officials have released from prison a reporter who the Obama administration demanded by arrested after he photographed the bodies of women and children killed by Obama's drone attacked—while, of course, the White House was denying that any civilians were killed in the drone attacks that didn't officially happen?


Just because we elect some guy to be President, does that mean that we give him carte blanche to perform despicable and arguably criminal acts all over the world, wherever he deems it worthwhile, and say to the world "This is how Americans act" and "I do this in the name of the people of the United States?"

Apparently we do, because neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Bush—as well as many presidents before them—seem to have any qualms about doing whatever they want anywhere in the world without regard to US law, the Constitution, international law, respect for other countries' sovereignty, or any other form of legal structure.

If we wanted a head of state that was above the law, would we elect a king?


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