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Two-Face Obama Part II: The Coin-Tosser

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Posted on January 9 2010 2:45 pm

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President Obama is now asking all of us to mute our criticism of his anti-terror policies and rally around the flag in order to defeat our common enemy, al Qaeda.  If only he and his fellow Leftists had shown that same restraint during the Bush years, instead of denouncing the Bush-Cheney detention, interrogation and electronic surveillance policies that kept us safe.

Bill O’Reilly had it exactly right when he said during his January 8th “Talking Points” segment of ”The Factor“ -

President Obama is under withering criticism because his anti-terror policies are deemed ‘too soft’ by some Americans. It’s ironic that President Obama finds himself in pretty much the same position President Bush was in…Since I have been critical of President Obama’s anti-terror strategy, I thought about his appeal. I understand it, but c’mon! Trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the underwear guy in civilian courts is one of the worst political decisions I’ve ever seen.

At least President Bush tried to be consistent.  He cared little about the ‘rights’ of foreign terrorists aligned with al Qaeda. Yes, the shoe bomber was tried successfully in federal court. But leaders like Khaleid Sheik Mohammed were squeezed for information before ending up in Guantanamo awaiting a likely military trial.  Bush’s clear priority was the security of the American people.

Obama is showing the enemy two faces – the tough anti-terrorist side that he is finally learning to express and the face of  the constitutional lawyer professor he once was.

On the one hand, his authorization of drone attacks targeting al Qaeda and Taliban leaders is evidence of  a commander-in-chief who understands that we are war.  The attacks are not preceded by a trial before they are launched with deadly effect.  That is a good thing.

Yet, on the other hand, Obama is obsessed with the constitutional rights of enemy combatants who are captured alive.  By shutting off coerced interrogation and arbitrarily deciding which al Qaeda members should be tried in civil court rather than military court, he is treating the security of the American people like a toss of the coin.   He is constantly deciding whether or not to be war-like or lawyer-like toward our enemy.  That is a bad thing.

Obama’s mind-set in this regard is not unlike that of Harvey Dent (the DA in the Batman saga, whose alter-ego is Two-Face):

Maybe, maybe not. You could say we’re of two minds on the subject.

It’s hard to take Obama’s tough rhetoric seriously when he continues to treat the likes of Khaleid Sheik Mohammed and the underwear bomber as ordinary criminal defendants entitled to the full constitutional protections in federal civil court.

The United States Constitution is a compact established among “We the People of the United States.“  One of its primary purposes is to “provide for the common defence (sic).” It is not a suicide pact.

Obama’s decisions are leaving this country’s security up to chance.  Will we be lucky the next time as we were with the underwear bomber?

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