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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:29 PM

I'm Glad President Obama Usually Respects Human Life

I'm a progressive, so I voted for Barack Obama. I support him. I don't always agree with the guy, but I think he's doing a pretty good job. He usually respects human life. I mean, he doesn't seem to be the type who'd ordinarily want to kill a large number of people with an awful fleet of flying death robots.

That Paul Ryan frightened me. During the last campaign, he was entirely too eager to use military force. I thought he and Romney would implement an aggressive foreign policy - we'd be launching military strikes all over the world, with who knows what consequences? I guess I'm just more comfortable with the number of targeted killings President Obama wants right now. That's what it is. I think what I support is the current number of missile strikes that incinerate people on the other side of the world.

He was my choice for president. You have to pick one of them.

The two parties are not equal. That's simply not true. Obama's Republican predecessor opened a string of CIA black sites across the world, where our intelligence operators tortured people. He invaded Iraq and allowed the mission in Afghanistan to turn into a quagmire. Obama's done a great job reversing these things. Most of them, anyway. A good number. And I'm sure he's trying to have as few people as possible shot in the face or hit by a powerful warhead under shadowy, quasi-legal circumstances.

I won't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I voted for this president, because I knew he'd put more controls on our global drone strikes and covert operations. He allowed rendition to continue, but there's some oversight, and it's probably enough. And we're working on getting a playbook with some rules on whose life we can unofficially end. It doesn't include everything; our military console operators sitting in air conditioned rooms thousands of miles away can still launch what's called a "signature strike," in which the victim's identity isn't even known. But you can't have everything.

Baby steps.

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Reply I'm Glad President Obama Usually Respects Human Life (Original post)
paulbibeau Feb 2013 OP
SidDithers Feb 2013 #1
Bonobo Feb 2013 #14
SidDithers Feb 2013 #15
Enrique Feb 2013 #16
SidDithers Feb 2013 #17
Enrique Feb 2013 #18
SidDithers Feb 2013 #19
Enrique Feb 2013 #20
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Guy Whitey Corngood Feb 2013 #23
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #22
GeorgeGist Feb 2013 #2
patrice Feb 2013 #4
kenny blankenship Feb 2013 #9
Gentle-man Feb 2013 #3
truebluegreen Feb 2013 #26
patrice Feb 2013 #5
patrice Feb 2013 #6
paulbibeau Feb 2013 #11
JaneyVee Feb 2013 #7
paulbibeau Feb 2013 #8
NCTraveler Feb 2013 #10
Are_grits_groceries Feb 2013 #12
MadHound Feb 2013 #13
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #21
Larry Ogg Feb 2013 #24
KG Feb 2013 #25

Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:35 PM

1. Uh huh...



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:16 AM

14. Must feel weird.

To be facing a featureless mirrored surface reflecting back your own hypocrisy and feelings of confused ambiguity.

How DOES one react?

Why with ambiguity, of course. What else could you do?

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:16 AM

15. ...



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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:20 AM

16. ...

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:21 AM

17. ...



Sid

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:39 AM

18. ...

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:42 AM

19. ...



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:46 AM

20. you win

my trolling skills are no match to yours. Congrats.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:58 AM

23. .

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:56 AM

22. yup

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:37 PM

2. The less perfect evil.

I laughed.


Cause crying would be respectful of the nimrods who eat this SHIT.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:40 PM

4. Perfection is divine. Are you a theocrat? Less perfect IS what it is. Anything else is delusional.

I would really appreciate it if you could tell us how you would respond to this situation:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1127&pid=35417

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:29 PM

9. Call it Goldilocks Evil

This evil is toooo hot! But this evil is too coooold. (Brr!)
But this 3rd way Evil is Just Right!

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:39 PM

3. Imagine a candidate using the, "vote for me, since I usually respect human life" slogan?

 

Let's say that would not be very effective, to put it mildly.

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Response to Gentle-man (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:15 AM

26. Guaranteed Not As Bad As Bat-Shit Crazy!

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:47 PM

5. What are drones for?

#1. When you have people claiming a 2nd Amendment "right" to go to war with our government for guns, you have a responsibility to protect those whose rights to choose NOT to do that are being violated.

#2. When geopolitical destabilization due to environmental change threatens the entire Earth (just like John Kerry and others were saying in 2004), and the U.N. deballs itself or is made the boogey-man by those who hope to take advantage of that destabilization and their robot tories, SOMEONE has to take the risk of responsibility that goes along with all of those changes, which include this (and please note Africa) ; http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1127&pid=35417

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:53 PM

6. Welcome to DU, paulbibeau!

Enjoy.

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Response to patrice (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:47 AM

11. I'm loving the chaos. Thanks.

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:54 PM

7. Soon they'll get it, Paul. I just know they will.

Keep up the good work!

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:24 PM

8. I can only do my best. Thanks, you.

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:36 PM

10. "I'm Glad President Obama Usually Respects Human Life"

Not really a glowing compliment.

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:16 AM

12. Damning with faint praise. nt

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:54 AM

13. Perhaps you should try putting country and Constitution ahead of party.

 

From that perspective you can see what a total, fucking crime this drone policy is.

We didn't stand for Bush's shredding of the Constitution, why should we stand meekly aside as Obama does the same?

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Response to MadHound (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:54 AM

21. It has to be ego, above all else people hate to be wrong

and worse than that they hate ever having to admit it. I do believe there are those who know it's wrong and don't want to acknowledge it openly because they despise eating crow, and there are those who were already delusional and are in a state of denial. I like to think of those as the ones covering their ears and singing "la, la, la, la, la, la,.."

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:35 AM

24. Deciding the lessor evil is like choosing between the left or right but cheek of the same ass...

And good Americans can always be counted on to find a way of saving face, as a means to justify their choice.

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Response to paulbibeau (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:53 AM

25. I see what you did there....

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