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
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.