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So What Does Yoo Think About the Obama Administration Killing American Citizens in a Time of War?

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 9:49 am

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That “Yoo” is not a typo, but a bad pun on the name of the famous and persecuted Professor John Yoo.*  As you/Yoo can imagine, he has a lot of interesting thoughts on the Obama administration’s new-found love of killing bad guys even if they are nominally Americans, and those thoughts are here.  The money quote:

By my lights, I would rather the Obama folks be hypocrites in favor of protecting the national security than principled fools (which they are free to be in the faculty lounges both before and after their time in government).

Yoo get him!

(I’m going to stop doing that, now.)

Joking aside, that comment by Yoo will definitely leave a mark.  By the way, I suppose all the people who tried to have Yoo disbarred and fired from his job, and tried to sue him for giving legal advice, will come after Obama’s lawyers, too, right?  Because otherwise you guys are going to look kind of like partisan hacks if you don’t.  Certainly Yale Law School is not getting my alumni money until they stop this assault on the right of a president to receive candid counsel and compensate Professor Yoo for wasting his time with this foolishness.

Come to think of it, maybe that is why the memos were kept secret as a matter of national security, not because the contents were secret but because no one is willing to publicly support this kind of thing after the attempt to silence opposing legal views—views that today have been partially vindicated.  Which I suppose would make the secrecy more understandable, although still wrong.  The answer isn’t to make this government more opaque but to have extremely robust laws prohibiting the kind of persecution that Yoo is facing.


* With apologies to Mr. Yoo and pretty much everyone.  I will now flog myself as self-punishment.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

10 Responses to “So What Does Yoo Think About the Obama Administration Killing American Citizens in a Time of War?”

  1. I know that this post contained some of the worst puns ever. but i am like an addict–i can’t resist…

    I hope Yoo forgive me…

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  2. No forgiveness. In fact, I’ll be submitting a memo to the NSC regarding your weaponized puns.

    SPQR (d454d9)

  3. You’re all being reported to ATTAAAAACKKKKK WAAAAAATCH!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (bdde46)

  4. Come after Obama’s lawyers? Why not go after Obama himself, who is a lawyer himself.

    Rhymes With Right (b37784)

  5. The memos are probably being kept secret because they actually cite Yoo as justification for their actions.

    Pious Agnostic (6048a8)

  6. I don’t object to the drone strike, but I am not comfortable with striking at our own citizens. Shouldn’t there be some way (with due process) to revoke the American citizenship of someone who declares himself an enemy and actually serves with hostile forces? Thus he is put on notice, and the idea of citizenship is not undermined.

    Mahon (5aa772)

  7. What’s the big deal? At Ruby Ridge an FBI sniper shot a woman in the head while she was standing in her kitchen doorway holding her baby in her arms. She was a citizen.

    ropelight (8700a0)

  8. Doh,

    John Yoo also allegedly have a secret love child born out of wedlock. They refer to him as “Yoo bastard.”

    (Note: none of the factual predicates of that joke are true. Truthfully, I have no idea about Yoo’s [Yoor?] personal life.)

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  9. Richard Miniter, at Forbes, defenestrates the Paulian argument re killing of enemy combattants who just happen to be U.S. citizens, and concludes thusly:

    “…And Rep. Paul has allowed his preferred vision of foreign policy—19th century isolationism—to contaminate his understanding of the constitution. He should study the founding documents and the contemporaneous constitutional debates more closely. And it should give the would-be president pause that, as of yesterday, al Qaeda officially agrees with his interpretation of the constitution.

    Read the whole thing…

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (436737)

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