Obama: a GOP president should have rules limiting the kill list

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    Obama: a GOP president should have rules limiting the kill list | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    The question here is if Obama can drone bomb whoever he wants with no oversight, then why shouldn't a Republican President have the same power? This is why libertarians have always argued that we must limit the powers of the President, even when it's your guy, because eventually somebody you don't like will be in office and will inevitably use those same powers in ways you disagree with.
     
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    No one seems to care anymore.
     
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    True. Republicans have to try to take partisan potshots and do their best to paint Obama as a peacenik, despite him simply ramping up Bush's foreign policy, and Democrats have embraced their inner neocons.
     
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    My guess is that the usual suspects will simply argue that we are the crazy people for thinking the government should never have too much power.
     
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    Then we'll have to ask them if it was crazy for Obama wanting to limit the power of a potential Republican President.
     
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    If I were you, I wouldn't try to compare Republican administrations to Democratic administrations when it comes to imperial presidencies. The Relpubs win that one hands down.

    Now, having said that - I don't think ANY president should issue hit orders on any individual, U.S. citizens or otherwise. I didn't agree with the killing of Osama Bin Laden. I had always been of the opinion that we didn't do stuff like that - largely because it might encourage similar actions against our own leaders from the bad guys.
     
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    Each administration merely ups the ante of its predecessor. Obama has taken the Bush foreign policy and expanded it to include his kill list and assassinations including American citizens. So I think the comparison is more than warranted.
     
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    That is one of the most ignorant things you have ever said George. Why don't you give me a list of all the Democratic presidents who have walked back Republican reforms that expanded the power of the presidency? After you do that you can show me the list of Democratic presidents that didn't expand their own hold on power.
     

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