FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
MSNBC: Those Dang Right Wingers Want Obama To Revive The Bush Doctrine
I’ve just flown halfway across the country and am currently in Florida, where it’s officially sweaty °F degrees. I saw this from the network that no one watches:
Is it 2001? The 7 right-wingers who want Obama to revive Bush’s war on terror
[...] a number of right-wingers are calling on President Obama to essentially resurrect George W. Bush’s much-maligned “war on terror.”
The president, meanwhile, has cautioned the nation not to rush to judgment. “When a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important we do this right,” Obama said after Tsarnaev, 19, had been taken into custody. “That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment—not about the motivations of these individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people.”
The President meant don’t rush to judgment like he rushed to judgment.
What MSNBC fails to realize is that Obama hasn’t diverted from the Bush Doctrine one iota. Sure, maybe he’d rather call Republicans ‘enemies’ than terrorists and uses drones more than Bush, but: He kinda mostly continued with Bush’s policy in the context of prevention. Obama began withdrawal from Iraq on Bush’s schedule, he called for a Bush-esque surge in Afghanistan, he never closed Gitmo like he promised, he extended the scope and duration of the Patriot Act, he ordered drone strikes without due process (Bush called it preemption) — revive? Obama has never stopped Bush’s approach to the war on terror. What’s more, Obama ordered interrogation before Miranda which drew bipartisan criticism.
Again, “revive?” MSNBC’s thought is to find some “right wingers” to quote (including yours truly) and act like the right is pushing him to do something he’s already done — and actually the right never unanimously supported the above outlined. But what does continuity matter to MSNBC?
Biting remark from their comments:
Because no one turns to left-wing networks when major news is breaking, MSNBC humiliated itself with a 19th place showing. Fewer than a million viewers tuned in primetime, and fewer than 600,000 in total day.
Could this be due to MSNBC’s apparent ignorance of the admin’s policy as demonstrated above?