Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Hypocrisy on executive orders

Source: USA Today
by staff

"Remember when Republicans were dead set against sweeping executive actions? Remember when they called Barack Obama an imperial president, and worse, for issuing a string of executive orders, presidential memoranda and national security directives? That was so yesterday. In his first 10 days in office, President Trump issued 20 executive actions, more than any incoming president in the modern era. And for the most part, Republicans have adopted a position of silence or support, conveniently forgetting their past practice of denouncing executive decrees as a threat to constitutional governance. Obama, for his part, issued 18 president actions (executive orders, memoranda, national security directives and proclamations) during his first 10 days in office. Obama's actions included measures on government ethics, waterboarding and a move to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (an action he was never able to complete during his eight years in office)." (02/04/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/01/executive-orders-president-trump-obama-editorials-debates/97347492

No comeback for torture — it's never gone away

Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

"Donald Trump used his first nationally televised interview as president to declare his firm belief that 'torture works.' … Gosh, it sorta makes you wish there had been some magical way for somebody — say, the most powerful man on earth — to have prosecuted American torturers during the last eight years, setting a clear, public example that such blatant evil would never again be tolerated in a civilized society. It's just so unfortunate that the White House and Justice Department were left empty from January 2009 to January 2017, and there was no one around to, you know, actually uphold the law. Darn the luck, eh? But of course, there WAS someone in the White House during those years — and he and his minions used torture on an extensive scale. " (01/26/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/no-comeback-for-torture-it-s-never-gone-away-26012017.html

Obama's Cuba doctrine … and why Trump should keep it.

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Peters

"Reagan praised private organizations that promoted citizen exchanges, declaring that 'civilized people everywhere have a stake in keeping contacts, communication, and creativity as broad, deep, and free as possible.' Government best contributes to this, he said, 'by not standing in the way.' He decried Soviet action in Afghanistan and repression at home, but argued that 'we must be careful in reacting to actions by the Soviet Government not to take out our indignations on those not responsible. And that's why I feel that we should broaden opportunities for Americans and Soviet citizens to get to know each other better.' For this, Reagan became the hero of the Cold War. And for following this same playbook when he took relations with Cuba out of the deep freeze two years ago, President Obama won the support of three in four Americans. He leaves in place a sober, realistic strategy that President Trump would do well to keep." (01/26/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/obamas-cuba-doctrine/

Obama regime sent $221 million to Palestinian Authority in final hours

Source: Washington Post

"Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office." (01/24/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/us-sent-221-million-to-palestinians-in-obamas-last-hours/2017/01/23/a8e2caee-e1af-11e6-a419-eefe8eff0835_story.html

US drone killing machine now on autopilot

Source: Antiwar.com
by Laurie Calhoun

"The incineration of military-age men using missiles launched from drones has become so frequent and commonplace that US citizens, including legislators, did not blink an eye at the fact that the killing machine set in motion by President Obama is now effectively on autopilot. It's worth remembering that, once upon a time, acts of war were to be approved by the congress. Now even acephalic agencies such as the directorless CIA are permitted to use weapons of war to kill anyone whom they deem to be worthy of death." (01/24/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/laurie_calhoun/2017/01/23/us-drone-killing-machine-now-on-autopilot/

What the clemency of Chelsea Manning means about Obama

Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

"The Barack Obama who ordered drone assassinations of American citizens, including — allegedly by mistake — that of a 16-year-old, and who went after whistleblowers with particular enthusiasm seems like a strange man to have passed out this mercy after Manning spent seven years behind bars. However, if you'll pardon the attempted psychoanalyzing, as an act of the Obama who likes to think of himself as a man of the people, and a civil libertarian, and someone who did drugs, and got away with it, while others weren't so lucky, well, it's not as surprising. And it's not as radical a move as some people might be interpreting it." (01/20/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/01/19/what-the-clemency-of-chelsea-manning-means-about-obama/

Five Obama administration accomplishments libertarians might appreciate

Source: Reason
by Ed Krayewski

"The Obama administration has been defined by a lot of big, dumb fails, including the 2009 stimulus, Obamacare, and a failure to contain the Islamic State (ISIS). President Obama and the Democrats spent their period of single-party control (2009-2010) successfully pushing a progressive agenda that locked in rising debt levels and led to massive electoral losses in 2010 and beyond. For much of his presidency he was hostile to state experiments in drug legalization, he dragged his feet on marriage equality, and he left a legacy of hundreds of new onerous federal regulations. His administration avoided transparency, politicized numerous issues, and often ignored root policy problems. In foreign policy especially, the Obama administration careened from one disaster to another …. Nevertheless, the Obama administration did accomplish some things that just might hold up from a libertarian perspective." (01/19/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/19/5-obama-administration-accomplishments-l

Obama's wasted, deadly, and destructive presidency

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Libertarians never had any hope, of course, that Barack Obama would dismantle any aspect of the welfare state. … Where libertarians (and lots of liberals) had hope was that Obama would change the direction that the George W. Bush administration had set for America with respect to foreign policy and civil liberties. After all, Obama had made a big deal of having opposed Bush's war on Iraq. On the campaign trail he also emphasized his supposed deep commitment to civil liberties, especially given his legal understanding of constitutional principles. Alas, no change." (01/19/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/01/19/obamas-wasted-deadly-destructive-presidency/

Thank you, President Obama

Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

"This is it, the last full day of President Barack Obama’s tenure. Damn, it feels better than I thought it would. Forgive my smile as I type. As President Obama makes his way out the door like a drunk who has been tossed from a bar and is determined to smash every glass on his way out, it’s important to take a moment to reflect upon all the good he’s done while he occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Yes, you read that right – thank you, President Obama. No man has done more to both discredit Democrats and elect Republicans than he has over the last eight years. More than 1,000 elected Democrats are now experiencing first-hand the joys of looking for work in the Obama economy, with roughly 4,000 more political appointees set to join them tomorrow. Were it not for Barack Obama, Democrats might still control the House and/or the Senate." (01/19/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/01/19/thank-you-president-obama-n2273313

After pressure from Bernie Sanders, Puerto Rican independence activist wins commutation

Source: Washington Post

"Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican independence activist convicted 35 years ago of a conspiracy against the U.S. government, will be freed from prison after President Obama commuted his sentence. Although lower-profile than the pardon of Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified information to WikiLeaks, the Rivera pardon has another distinction — it was personally campaigned for by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)." (01/17/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/17/after-pressure-from-bernie-sanders-puerto-rican-independence-activist-wins-pardon/