Obama is seen as being a great humanitarian with his rhetoric about closing the Guantánamo prison camp. Is that really true? An suggests that, rather than contradict his public stand on Guantánamo by sending more accused enemy combatants there, he is instead just opting to kill them with drone strikes.
Obama’s apparent concerns about civil liberties don’t seem that sincere considering that the total number of detainees taken to Guantánamo is a mere 780 compared to the 2000-3000 people killed in U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan alone, many of them women and children. Prisoners can be released. Death is permanent.
It’s not hard to imagine that democrats would have their panties in a wad if a republican president were conducting that many drone attacks, but their voices get strangely quiet when it’s their guy doing it. Such stunningly transparent hypocrisy is one reason why I could never be a republican or democrat even if I agreed with them.