John Bolton on Obama Drone Policy: Entirely Sensible, Extension of Bush Policies

The former U.S ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton had some rare praise for President Obama, and specifically for his expansive drone war. Via Mediaite:

“It seems to me that the approach that the Obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror,” Bolton told [Fox News] host Jenna Lee. “And I think it is entirely sensible. Whether it is foreign citizens who are involved with Al Qaeda or American citizens, we are in a war. They have attacked us. We have a congressional authorization to use military force in response. And that’s what’s at stake here.”

Bolton, of course, is no fan of Obama, having previously accused the president of appeasing America’s nemeses the world over. Last August he said:

"We have a president who believes that our strength is provocative, only if we were less pushy, less American even," said Bolton during a speech before the Florida delegation at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort. "But it is American weakness that's provocative and we have a very provocative president in the White House."

By Bolton’s definition, the U.S. drone war, which may have killed more than 1,000 civilians and is in fact creating new militants isn’t provocative at all.

While Bolton may view Obama’s prosecution of the war on terror as derivative of George Bush’s, it also pushes the envelope further than Bush appeared to try.

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  • wareagle||

    not particularly shocking. Repubs are largely silent on droning, too, because they're okay with it. The hypocrisy on this one rests with the left, though neither side is covered with glory here.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Drone Day here at Hit & Run, eh?

  • NeonCat||

    Droning on and on…

  • ||

    Not surprising given the leak.

  • R C Dean||

    Once you stroke a drone, you just can't leave it alone.

  • Capt Ace Rimmer||

    Drones like violence, break the silence

  • NeonCat||

    Come crashing into, into our little hut

  • Lyle||

    Yep, it would have been sensible to drone the likes of Albert Speer or even some teenage SS boy with a panzerfaust.

  • Steve G||

    I'm amazed anyone gives this guy an audience anymore.

  • Paul.||

    Yeah, I heard this too on NPR last night.

    [argument about how this policy is A-Ok] and Bush did it too.

  • Loki||

    So now even John Bolton is noticing the similarity between Obama's conduct of the WoT and Bush's. I'm sure the anti-war wing of the democrap party will be turning on Obama any second now...

  • some guy||

    There never was an anti-war wing. There was simply an anti-Bush feather.

  • Loki||

    That pretty much what I sarcastically implying.

  • some guy||

    spot the difference

    Tie color?

    I know, I know... RACIST!

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Obama's second term = Bush's fourth term.

    Has the White House purchased any tanning equipment in the last 5 years?

  • R C Dean||

    I figured they just borrowed Boehner's.

  • Shocked||

    I stopped reading at Jenna Lee.

  • Russell||

    Yemen's proximity to Puntland suggests a an economy that could save billions over the high cost of Predators. American schoolchildren of the parochial sort have purchased countless pagan babies from he Horn Of Africa at the very reasonable cost of $5 each.

    While Predators cost millions, a $5,960 cloud of nanodrones there can carry a two kilogram pagan baby unnoticed overhead, as the Yemens are a major maribou stork flyway, and drop its payload into the arms of a targeted Islamofascist, who, brandiishing his manifestly unmanly pro-life burden in astonishment, would immediately be laughed to death by his fellow tribesmen.

  • Redmanfms||

    When was it, Mr. Seitz, that you decided to totally give up on sanity?

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