Cherished principles prove quite malleable
I agree that the raid in Pakistan by the Navy SEALs to assassinate Osama Bin Laden was a brilliant move but where is the anti-war/military crowd now?
We have gone against our own Constitution and “assassinated” a foreign leader, albeit a terrorist. We raided/invaded a foreign sovereign nation (Pakistan) without congressional approval. In the process of acquiring the information necessary to pull this off we used enhanced interrogation techniques (formally called torture by the anti-war crowd). Then when all was accomplished the president gloated about it and gave speeches and showed up at ground zero to herald his accomplishment.
Where is the outrage from those that called our soldiers “murderers” and said we tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib and at Guantanamo, where supposedly we had a“gulag”? Trials were held against soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan who supposedly “killed” civilians, most of which turned out to be untrue. Code Pink trashed our military by showing up and demonstrating at military recruitment centers and by trying to prevent people from enlisting. College campuses closed their ROTC programs, Thousands of anti-war protesters marched in the streets decrying the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and anti-military sentiment reeked from the pages of the mainstream press and TV.
Now where is the outcry from the press, TV and left? Do we protest only when a Republican president orders such a raid? Since a Democrat president ordered the raid do we now suddenly love the military? Do you think we have forgotten how the left has hated and decried the military ever since Vietnam? The hypocrisy, lying and sudden silence from the left is stunning and we have not forgotten. Nancy Deussen Mountain View, California