What a great kidder Obama is: He's still making jokes about killing people!
“Last year at this time — in fact, on this very weekend — we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals,” Obama said during his after-dinner speech, seeming to allude to the killing of Osama bin Laden. But then a photo of an orange-faced Donald Trump — who spent much of last spring questioning Obama’s citizenship — flashed on giant screens in the ballroom. Punch line [kill shot] delivered.
Ha. Ha? Sick, sick puppies.
From that great -- and yet, strangely, Nobel Peace Prize-less -- peace-maker, George Walker Bush, September 21, 2001:
Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
The man and women of our Armed Forces have delivered a message now clear to every enemy of the United States: Even 7,000 miles away, across oceans and continents, on mountaintops and in caves — you will not escape the justice of this nation.
We have the terrorists on the run. We're keeping them on the run. One by one, the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice.
Thousands of very skilled and determined military personnel are on a manhunt, going after the remaining killers who hide in cities and caves - and, one by one, we will bring the terrorists to justice.
For whatever reason, that rhetoric got dropped, until Bush's valedictory Eighth SOTU, January 28, 2008:
Since 9/11, we have taken the fight to these terrorists and extremists. We will stay on the offense, we will keep up the pressure, and we will deliver justice to our enemies. (Applause.)
So, for Bush, "justice" doesn't imply a system of justice or the rule of law; for example, the Hague Tribunal. No, it implies a military establishment capable of killing those deemed enemies. Does Obama take a different view? One might have hoped so. Obama's first SOTU*, February 24, 2009:
To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend — because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America [not even The God(ess)(e)(s) Of Your Choice, If Any?]. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists - because living our values doesn't make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger. And that is why I can stand here tonight and say without exception or equivocation that the United States of America does not torture.
Was Obama full of shit? In a word, yes. (Today's Sunday Times takes a lot more words to come to the same conclusion.) Gitmo is, as one might have expected, still open. All Bush's torturers are still walking the streets and cutting themselves book deals. And "justice" for Obama means exactly what it meant to Bush: Killing an enemy. The only difference is that Bush was honest about it. Here's The Droner's happy dance after killing Bin Laden [Oh hai, Hillary! Waves]:
And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda's terror: Justice has been done. ....
Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who've worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice. ...
Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
[Reach me that bucket, wouldja hon?]
Yes, a killing so supremely just, so far from the mere exercise of "superior force,", so, in fact, humble, that the professionals who performed it decided to dump the body of the condemned at sea immediately. Instead of say, putting the condemned on trial at the Hague, or in one of the famously just tribunals at Gitmo, or even in the court system in the United States.
Ya know, I've gotten pretty cynical over the past few years; hard work really does pay off! But I never imagined that electoral politics would get so degraded that ordering a hit job would become a campaign tool.
But leave it to Obama, the President as First Person Shooter! The terrorists really did win, didn't they?
NOTE * Actually, this speech is only functionally a SOTU. Like the freshman address of three Presidents before him, the speech was deemed an "Address to a Joint Session of Congress." Wev.