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Saturday, February 20, 2010

President Obama or Super Obama?

President Obama is an amazing guy.

According to his Republican fans, he regularly manages to do two entirely contradictory things at the same time. For example, he's an "elite" egg-head who apparently cannot utter a single thought without a teleprompter. He's also managed to move towards taking away everyone's guns without actually discussing or acting on such an idea.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Viet Dinh identified another instance demonstrating what is clearly the President's superpower.
"Why have executions increased?" asked Viet Dinh, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and one of the authors of the USA Patriot Act. Citing a recent Washington Post article on the increased targeted killing of terrorists, Dinh complained that "the president and vice president expound this fact as a fact that they are actually successful in war."

"That doesn't mean I think they are not illegitimate," he added. "No, we have every right to kill the other side's warriors. But at what cost? When we do not have an effective detention policy the only option we have is to kill them before we can detain them. And if we don't detain them, we don't know what they know and what they are up to."

Of course, over the past year, mostly what we've heard from Republican leadership has been along the lines of this from Rep. Tom Price:
"The President must recognize that we are at war with a murderous enemy who will not relent because we heed political correctness, acquiesce to international calls for deference, or close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay."
So what these brilliant statesmen are saying is that the President is endangering Americans by being weak on terrorists while simultaneously killing too many terrorists.

Obviously, the President is like Peter Petrelli. His superpower is that he has all powers, but can only pick one to use at any one time. He can either be too effective, or really ineffective, but no combination of the two.

Unfortunate, but hey, the Republicans aren't just making this stuff up.

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