Remember when liberals opposed indefinite military detention of terror suspects captured on American soil?
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, allowing indefinite detention to be codified into law. As you know, the White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use it and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations.
But wait – isn’t this exactly what liberals were comdemning George W. Bush for?
The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.
Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen detained on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress now assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way again.
Forget about Jimmy Carter; it seems that Barack Obama has borrowed the most noxious and troublesome aspects of almost every previous Administration:
- From George W. Bush, the most troubling ingressions into civil liberty in the same of national security.
- From Bill Clinton, the most obnosxious two-faced hypocrisy and star-snuggling.
- From George HW Bush, the most obnoxious aspects of ofay patricianism.
- From Carter? Obama may well turn out to be a less competent president. But there’s a competition, there.
- From Ford? Obama is to choosing Vice Presidents as Gerald Ford was to controlling his golf swing.
- From Nixon? The same blithe assurance that massive intervention was just plain the right thing to do.
- From LBJ, Obama gets the ideal that for every issue, there is an exquisitely expensive government program or regulation, and a propensity to think “dirty tricks” are a normal political tactic.
- And from JFK, Obama takes the lesson that public relations is as good as competence.
Bring on November.