Monday, May 9, 2011

On the Issue of "Assassinations"

The logic is bewildering. Mr. Douthat ("Whose Foreign Policy Is It?"), no more than a shill for those who have brought us 10 years of unrelenting bloodshed, now criticizes limited and defined actions intended to do damage only to those like Bin Laden and al-Awlaki who are our avowed enemies, and absurdly equates Bush's legacy with Obama's recent actions.

Rising from the ashes of 9/11 was a foreign policy which promoted indiscriminate death. Predicated on lies, we went into battle against those who took no part in our loss of nearly 3000 that one sunny morning in September. The Bush decision to invade Iraq was thoughtless, baseless and monumentally wrong

We were attacked, and continue to be subject to attack, by a confederacy of a small band of individuals, not by nations. In directing efforts, whether by Navy seals or predator Drones, to take down those individuals, we see the kind of action that is rational in purpose and targeted in ways that the Bush policy was not.

In answer to the question, don't lay the foreign policy blunders of Iraq and Afghanistan at the feet of a president who did not create but only inherited them. However, do give full responsibility and credit to President Obama for trying to limit the focus, and direct the power of this nation, at those whose stated mission is to seek our annihilation.

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