As the UK Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald noted: “Klein’s justification–we have to kill their children in order to protect our children--is the exact mentality of every person deemed in U.S. discourse to be a ‘terrorist.’ Almost every single person arrested and prosecuted over the last decade on terrorism charges, when asked why they were willing to kill innocent Americans including children, offered some version of Joe Klein’s mindset.”
Last year, the parody website The Onion ran the headline: “Could The Use Of Flying Death Robots Be Hurting America’s Reputation Worldwide?” while also asking in a correlating video “Should We Stop Using Robots That Randomly Kill Children?” The faux “news” panel in the video dispassionately debated whether or not killing kids with drones was wise U.S. policy. It was a funny video that emphasized the horrors of our nonchalant regard for the death of innocent children.
But this is exactly what Klein did. This is exact what President Obama does. When moderator Bob Schieffer asked both Mitt Romney and Obama about the use of drones during the last presidential debate, Romney confirmed that he would continue the program. Obama ignored the question. Many Americans, from government officials down to the average citizen, ignore the question. Many Americans are unaware that there is even a question—thanks to a liberal media that continues to kowtow for Obama and a rightwing media that still defends Bush’s legacy.
But for pro-lifers, there must be a question: If life is sacred, how can we justify killing so many innocent children?
Good question. But as years of torture apologetics from “prolife” conservatives made abundantly clear, the defense of the human life takes a firm back seat to the needs of the GOP for a huge number of people in the ranks of the Thing that used to be Conservatism. Indeed, torture is still a huge applause getter and laff line for Romney as he addresses many a T-shirted “prolife” conservative, as a general rule.
So the GOP thinks an Executive with the power to secretly and unilateral murder whoever he likes (to keep us safe and advance the cause of Salvation Through Leviathan by Any Means Necessary, of course) is even kewler and shinier than one who merely tortures people! Therefore, Romney and his handlers are down with this and the State-Run Media made sure not to make any untoward fuss about it during the debate.