Remember the good ol' days when George W. Bush was demonized as an imperial president abusing his executive power by doing ... well, G0d knows what?
Remember how the Democrat-media complex were apoplectic with rage about how he and his Cheney-Rumsfeld junta "rushed" us to war supposedly without Congressional authorization?
Remember how they were nuts about his violation of countless sections of the Bill of Rights when he passed the Patriot Act? How worried they were that both American citizens and enemy combatants wouldn't be afforded Due Process rights.
And remember how they protested in the streets demanding the closing of Club Gitmo, where poow poow innocent tewwowists were getting tortured by Bushie's evil henchmen?
And remember how they compared Bush to Hitler and other historic tyrants for "warrantless wiretapping"? How worried they were that both American citizens and enemy combatants wouldn't be afforded privacy rights.
That was then. This is now.
Of course, Bush's offensive in both Iraq and Afghanistan were initiated with complete Congressional authorization.
As president Obama himself has renewed the Patriot Act with nary a peep from the Bush-haters.
Despite being one of his primary campaign promises in 2008, Obama has yet to close Club Gitmo, again with nary an objection from the Bush-is-Hitler crowd.
And what of those Due Process rights the Left is so interested in protecting?
It has been known for a while, despite White House obfuscations and obstructions, that Obama has been sending unmanned drone aircraft to the Middle East to kill individuals suspected to be Al Qaeda or other dangerous terrorists. Fine by me.
Except some of these targets have been American citizens who for one reason or another became radicalized and became fighters for jihad. Again, I couldn't care less if these cretins' time on earth was suddenly curtailed. But if they are still American citizens, why are they not being arrested and given their Constitution-secured Due Process rights?
The White House hasn't told us. Even worse, now that a White House memo has been leaked, the administration is actually defending the practice.
Oh, but it gets better. These drones have not only been used in the Middle East. Drones have been spotted flying low on U.S. soil. Which has led about a dozen states, with blessing from the ACLU -- thanks, guys. Where the *^#@ have you been? -- to look to ways to restrict drone use over their skies.
Oh, but it gets even better. Turns out, the U.K. Guardian has reported some major U.S. news outlets, the same outlets who lambasted George W. Bush for nearly his entire presidency for being an imperial president, has purposely kept a lid on the story.
US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year.
Amid renewed scrutiny over the Obama administration's secrecy over its targeted killing programme, media analysts and national security experts said the revelation that some newspapers had co-operated over the drone base had reopened the debate over the balance between freedom of information and national security.
On Tuesday, following Monday's disclosure by NBC of a leaked Justice Department white paper on the case for its controversial targeted killing programme, the Washington Post revealed it had previously refrained from publishing the base's location at the behest of the Obama administration over national security concerns.
The New York Times followed with its own story on the drone programme on Wednesday, and an op-ed explaining why it felt the time to publish was now. ...
The NY Times, huh? The same NY Times that couldn't wait to splash anti-Bush anti-war propaganda on their top-fold front pages.
The same NY Times that sensationalized the non-story called Abu Ghraib.
The same NY Times that couldn't wait to disclose classified information on its front pages despite admonitions from the Bush White House.
The same NY Times that worked to put a sympathetic face on the hardened terrorists supposedly tortured by Americans at Club Gitmo.
The same NY Times that gave the detestable MoveOn.org a discount on a full-page ad smearing then-General David Patraeus.
The knowingly sat for over a year on revelations that the Obama White House had been using drones to assassinate American citizens overseas.
The late great Andrew Breitbart didn't call them the "Democrat-media complex" for nothing.
Three questions, by the way:
(1) Why is this story being reported in a non-American newspaper?
(2) Why is the White House defending the use of drone assassinations, and if there's nothing wrong with it, why did they and the news outlets that propagandize for them keep it from the public for over a year?
(3) Don't you find it funny that this is all coming out after the election? Hmmm????