Presidential hypocrisy over use of drones?
Comparing Obama to Bush on counterterrorism policies
- Duration 5:34
- Date Feb 9, 2013
Comparing Obama to Bush on counterterrorism policies
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Well the secret US drone campaign and how the Obama administration is using it is sparking controversy and criticism.
Critics are saying there are virtually no checks and balances and some go as far as to say it gives the president a license to kill.
Joining us now to talk more about the -- -- as well as new revelations about Syria author journalist and terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel.
We have lots to talk about let's go first of the drug program -- regime great to have you here today.
I thank you glad to be with you.
What is -- Make of the fact that this information was revealed to the public about the Obama campaign at the White House.
Has had its own campaigning in place and -- it actually.
Target Americans if -- -- -- chose to do so.
Well it is a finally showed -- number standard that -- here are the Democrats and this administration was adamant against the bush administration's.
Policies when it comes to national security even -- -- waterboarding and look what we are doing -- so we had a problem with waterboarding under President Bush.
But President Obama had no problem whatsoever in actually going after our enemy and killing them now let me make something very clear I am all -- drone attacks because they are very effective.
And they are they take out the people we want to killed while minimizing casualties when you look at the past the way we used at tackle and you by telling a bump.
We just lost the -- and help -- what killed its target.
What don't attack we are targeting specifically the people who on a scale and we are eliminating them so it is very effective.
We are fighting a different kind of war and we have to employ different types of strategies and ordered to.
When this war.
So we take a look at what to play -- he spoke to the fact about the hypocrisy that's going on.
Do you think that this is something that's gonna continue to divide it.
People as they move forward and that this is not going to get beyond the political debate.
Well people need to understand that we have answered -- -- air of how war is conducted throughout the world.
This is not World War -- this is not the way we used to live back then and we use the fight our enemies it's a new era however it is important we aren't -- it.
In -- democracy -- checks and balances we do not want the president to be able to single handedly issue in order to kill.
Anybody Americans -- otherwise this is why it is important to have it committee where the intelligence is presented to this committee that says.
We believe and these Americans are involved with al-Qaeda.
We want to launch an attack against them and kill them because they believe they are plotting a major attack against the United States.
We cannot arrest them and the only way we can't protect Americans it isn't.
Is by eliminating -- then upcoming weekend decide yes let's go ahead with the order let's kill them using the drone attack.
This way it will enable -- as a democratic society.
To be able to still employee checks and balances while protecting.
And they aircraft from future terrorist attacks meanwhile Kelly our enemies and especially Americans who have been focused to the enemy -- and -- working with the enemy probably -- Because they are very lethal and -- information that our enemy does not now and this is why it is very important to eliminate them.
Let me escalation gears you're just a very quickly before that time I have left -- you.
We heard from Defense Secretary Panetta about the continuing investigation into -- guys me and it was revealed.
And that Abdul Defense Department spoke to the White House just once -- the seven hours that the attack was going out let's listen to that exchange.
The to -- Capitol Hill.
Talk to talk to him on September 11 with regards to the fact that we were aware this.
This attack was taken place -- -- right.
And he talked to him how many times the same one time.
-- him that there referring to is the president speaking just one time when that attack was going on what was your reaction when you heard that news.
An amazing but then again.
As somebody working with the intelligence community I knew that information and more information is going to come out.
Regarding -- got the attack that will everyday people may have been shocked.
How we have been conducting an -- conducting.
Hadn't -- facts or plans or projects regarding how we are defending the country.
And people are going to be surprised very surprised.
Well I think we're also still surprise or your right now on it seems unbelievable that when you have this kind of situation going on that the White House.
And the Defense Department communicated so little between themselves it's just amazing.
Exactly not only -- -- little but this is you know ten years after September 11 eleven years on the exact same day.
But then again it is showing -- beat -- appellation of the united it's showing how -- people that this president has not taken national security seriously.
Has not -- -- coordinating.
Well are listening to advisors about what's happening.
With -- operation worldwide.
You know there are times -- do you -- PR campaigns instead of a camp residents.
And say words but it's another story what's happening behind the scenes when that the commander in chief -- that we pay close attention and coordinating.
With our various agencies are in charge of protecting the country that he gave real thank you so much for joining us always a pleasure to have you on.
Thank you have a great day.