The New York Times ran an editorial criticizing Obama’s decision to authorize himself as the public executioner: jury, judge, and executioner. This editorial is amazing insofar as it is sensible.
The paper argues that judges and Congress don’t have the right to rule on or interfere with decisions made in the heat of combat. Some officials also draw a parallel to police officers who use violence to protect the innocent. Even in wartime, there are many ways to review commanders’ and soldiers’ decisions, and while courts-martial are internal to the military, their verdicts are subject to appeal to a civilian judge. When a police officer so much as discharges his weapon, it triggers a great deal of review, based on rules that are known to everyone.
There are no rules. Obama decides. He sees himself as George W. Bush: the decider.
When the #1 liberal organ in the country runs an editorial like this, you know Obama has crossed a line in the sand.
It won’t cost him votes. He isn’t going to run.
If Congress stays quiet, you will know that we are far down the road towards becoming an empire.
My guess is that he will get away with this.