Astoundingly we have seen the media turn into hypocrites in recent days.
Shock of shocks... how can it be?
But when the President that an overwhelming majority of media members voted for, was running for President, they parroted his message of compassion, and American humility, and the need for us to talk to our enemies instead of torturing them.
Being in the solid minority of media members who held that we either kill the guys who are trying to kill us, or at the very least, extract information about when they are next going to try to kill us, I couldn't have disagreed more strongly.
Then President Obama threw some curve balls at the media that supported him. He kept all of President Bush's senior defense advisors. Kept his Secretary of Defense. And even increased the use of drones and kills by drones in the war on terror.
The media that supported him--predictably--didn't say much about it, because they were never principally all that upset about the stuff they were criticizing President Obama's predecessor about. They were merely pandering to public opinion because they hated President Bush (mostly for stuff unrelated to the war, like abortion and sex) and they knew that piling on in the area of defense, torture, and such would increase the overall fury and drive Obama to victory. (Notice how it didn't even matter that John McCain held many of the same beliefs, and they pummeled him just the same.)
In recent days, however, President Obama's drone program has come under observation. He has killed American citizens without the benefit of a trial or a verdict. He has ordered the deaths of Americans--in fact--without so much as charges or indictments.
And I'm okay with that.
In broad general principles Americans have always viewed those who betrayed the nation--and by betrayal it is easy to agree that collaborating with those who have taken an oath to eliminate us all fits the definition--deserve to lose their rights as citizens, and be counted among the enemy dead.
There were Americans among the dead in Japan and Germany following World War II and there was no need to shed tears because they had shifted loyalties to align themselves with those who sought our end.
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