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President living up to liberal standards, says scholar

Chad Groening   ( Monday, February 11, 2013

A conservative scholar says if liberal Democrats didn't have double standards, "they wouldn't have any standards at all."

President Barack Obama has authorized the release of a 2010 Justice Department memo that provided the administration's legal basis for a 2011 CIA drone attack in Yemen that killed U.S.-born terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki -- an attack that outraged civil libertarians and human rights activists, who believed the administration summarily executed an American citizen without due process.

Groves, Steven (Heritage)Steven Groves, senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, provides a different take.

"The idea of targeting Americans who have joined al-Qaeda isn't necessarily controversial. I mean, these folks are traitors, and they're actively planning additional attacks against the United States, where they'll be targeting United States civilians," he notes. "I don't believe it violates international law."

But Groves adds that Obama is showing his hypocrisy in light of the way he lambasted the Bush administration for waterboarding.

"That's where the true problem is for the administration -- the hypocrisy. He campaigned and railed against the Bush administration for pouring water on a terrorist's face," the researcher recalls, "and now they're just putting missiles into terrorists' faces. So the hypocrisy is rampant. But what more can you expect from a Democrat and a liberal? If they didn't have double standards, they wouldn't have any standards at all."

The release of the memo has been viewed as a move by the president to defuse a battle with Congress. His choice to head the CIA, John Brennan, was grilled on the issue during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

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