The secret to targeted assassinations abroad…

… is having a liberal in the White House.

So surmises Victor Davis Hanson and it’s a point extremely tough to counter:

This neutralizes criticism from the media, universities, the legal community, and Hollywood. Obama the law professor can assassinate bin Laden in Pakistan, dump his body in the ocean, and with first-person emphasis boast of our brilliant mission in a way Bush the Texan could not get away with–in the same manner that killing the son of Qaddafi, and the effort to kill Qaddafi himself, are not really forbidden targeted assassinations under Obama, and in the manner that Guantánamo, tribunals, renditions, preventive detentions, Predators, wiretaps, and intercepts that so bothered Senator Obama and others are now deemed essential. This paradox is just the way it is; the media will report a liberal president’s Predator drone attack or commando hit as done with reluctance and without other viable choices. Were a conservative leader to take the same actions, he would be portrayed as a trigger-happy war-monger reveling in the violence. Thus, the street celebrations that ensued when news of bin Laden’s death broke are seen by the media as a new unity inspired by Obama. Three years ago, they would have been seen as macabre triumphalism.

Of course, there are pockets out there who still see macabre triumphalism in the street celebrations that took place but there’s no media frenzy about it, no plethora of editorials decrying the behavior, no 60 Minutes exposé lamenting how backwards and neanderthal we’ve become.  And no real criticism aimed at actions engaged in by this President for which Bush would’ve been excoriated.

As 2012 approaches, we’ll see more if it, guaranteed. 

Might more Americans notice the duplicity.

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