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Is America Ensnared in an Endless War?

Ken6565 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 7:53 AM
So if an American citizen is orchestrating attacks on US military bases, buildings, etc., and is outside the reach of our law enforcement authorities, we have to let him do it. Right. WRONG! Al-Awlaki SHOULD have been taken out. Did we send a US marshal to Gettysburg in 1863 with a warrant for the arrest of 75,000 Southerners who were marching through Pennsylvania? Of course not. We sent the Army of the Potomac and shot some 27,000 of them. Al-Awlaki got the same due process that Gen. Armistead, etc., got.
Ryan_M Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 9:53 AM
Your analogy is idiotic. The only reason those Confederates were in PA in the first place was from Union invasion of the South. You probably buy into the nonsense that the Confederates are the moral equivalent of al-Qaida as some neocons claim.
JustMC Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 8:02 AM
Ken, here's the rub. WHO IS IN A POSITION TO CONCLUDE "an American citizen is orchestrating attacks on US military bases, buildings, etc?" There is no accountability, no oversight, just the King saying "I deem thee an enemy" and killing, nearly with the power of God.

Only a fool who understands no history, or a devil, would embrace such despicable tyranny.
SMyles Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 8:16 AM
"When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."

So said Richard Nixon in his interviews with David Frost. Nixon was talking about wiretaps and surreptitious entries to protect lives and safeguard national security in a violent and anarchic war decade.

The Nixon haters pronounced themselves morally sickened.

Fast forward to our new century. For, since 9/11, we have heard rather more extravagant claims by American presidents.

Under George W. Bush, it was presidential authority to waterboard, torture, rendition and hold enemy aliens in indefinite detention at Guantanamo.

Under Barack Obama, we don't have a Nixon "enemies list"...