The Obama administration has endorsed the Bush Doctrine. In a 16 page memo written by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, the Obama national security apparatus has set forth the justification for the killing of Americans associated with al Qa’ida. The memo states in part:
“The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,”
For 8 years the Left bitched and whined and moaned that President George W. Bush’s campaign against the Axis of Evil and was racist, bigoted and shortsighted. Today, the Left call’s the prevention of imminent attacks, even if no clear evidence will take place – the stated foreign policy of the U.S. government.
What a world of difference two presidential elections and five years make. It was only a few short years ago that President Obama’s new team at the Defense Department was ready to scrap the doctrine of preemptive military strikes against those enemies prepared to do America harm. In 2009 Obama officials at DOD were in the process of repealing the Bush Doctrine:
“The international environment is “more complex” than when President George W. Bush announced the policy in 2002, Kathleen Hicks, the Defense Department’s deputy undersecretary for strategy, said in an interview. “We’d really like to update our use-of-force doctrine to start to take account for that.””
Apparently the international environment turned out to be pretty similar to the one encountered by President Bush’s national security team. Instead of reversing course on the Bush Doctrine, President Obama has codified it.