Monday, April 12, 2010

The 'Obama doctrine': kill, don't detain


George Bush left a big problem in the shape of Guantánamo. The solution? Don't capture bad guys, assassinate by drone

Asim Qureshi
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 11 April 2010

"In 2001, Charles Krauthammer first coined the phrase "Bush Doctrine", which would later become associated most significantly with the legal anomaly known as pre-emptive strike. Understanding the doctrine with hindsight could lead to a further understanding of the legacy that the former administration left – the choice to place concerns of national security over even the most entrenched norms of due process and the rule of law. It is, indeed, this doctrine that united people across the world in their condemnation of Guantánamo Bay.

The ambitious desire to close Guantánamo hailed the coming of a new era, a feeling implicitly recognised by the Nobel peace prize that President Obama received. Unfortunately, what we witnessed was a false dawn. The lawyers for the Guantánamo detainees with whom I am in touch in the US speak of their dismay as they prepare for Obama to do the one thing they never expected – to send the detainees back to the military commissions – a decision that will lose Obama all support he once had within the human rights community.

Worse still, a completely new trend has emerged that, in many ways, is more dangerous than the trends under Bush. Extrajudicial killings and targeted assassinations will soon become the main point of contention that Obama's administration will need to justify. Although Bush was known for his support for such policies, the extensive use of drones under Obama have taken the death count well beyond anything that has been seen before......."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What i do not realize is if truth be told how you're now not really a lot more
neatly-preferred than you might be right now. You're so intelligent.

You realize therefore considerably in the case of this subject, made me in my view consider
it from a lot of various angles. Its like women and men aren't interested
unless it's one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs outstanding.
All the time care for it up!

My web-site: Devinwyman.Com