Columnist: No World Leader Has Done More to Undermine International Law Than Obama
While President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry decry Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea region, many on both the left and the right are calling hypocrisy on the Administration.
Columnist Norman Solomon, the founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and left-leaning website Common Dreams, writes “Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama. He treats it with rhetorical adulation and behavioral contempt, helping to further normalize a might-makes-right approach to global affairs that is the antithesis of international law.”
Solomon was hardly the only one accusing the Administration of hypocrisy as they threaten action against Russia for violating international law while carrying on a drone strike campaign in nations like Yemen and Pakistan.
According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, “the Obama administration violated international law with top-secret targeted-killing operations that claimed dozens of civilian lives in Yemen and Pakistan.”
Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Univeristy, Karen J. Greenberg, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, noting “Despite the president’s insistence on placing limits on war, and on the defense budget, his brand of warfare has helped lay the basis for a permanent state of global warfare via ‘low footprint’ drone campaigns and special forces operations aimed at an ever-morphing enemy usually identified as some form of Al Qaeda.”
Greenberg added, “According to Senator Lindsey Graham, the Obama administration has killed 4,700 individuals in numerous countries, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Obama has successfully embedded the process of drone killings into the executive branch in such a way that any future president will inherit it, along with the White House ‘kill list’ and its ‘terror Tuesday’ meetings. Unbounded global war is now part of what it means to be president.”
Solomon concludes his own piece by noting that “Especially in times of crisis, as with the current Ukraine situation, such inconvenient contradictions go out the mass-media window. What remains is an Orwellian baseline, melding conformist ideology and nationalism into red-white-and-blue doublethink.”