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Is America Ensnared in an Endless War?

Ryan_M Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 12:36 PM
That's right, Eddie. I want to control the border and who is allowed into this country. The people you listen to don't. There is a big damn difference between what I want to do and surrendering. Your people want to do exactly that over immigration.
"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"...