May 31, 2012

The Obama-Bush Doctrine

Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

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The fact is, with the critically important exception of terrorist interrogation, Obama has embraced nearly all of Bush’s major counterterrorism policies. Rendition continues. Indefinite detention continues. The trial of terrorists by military commission continues. The National Security Agency’s “warrantless wiretapping” of terrorist communications continues. While Obama shut down the CIA interrogation program, he gladly used the intelligence it produced to find and kill Osama bin Laden. Instead of seeking congressional authorization to kill American-born terrorists with drones, Obama has instead relied on secret Justice Department memos. And while Obama disclosed Bush’s secret interrogation memos, he has steadfastly refused to make his own secret drone memos public.

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TAGGED: Yemen, Drones, Counterterrorism, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, 2012, United States

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