Our View: Drone, OK; waterboarding, no?

Posted: February 8, 2013

We’re not sure we share the anxiety currently bubbling up over the targeting of native Americans who, essentially, have turned traitor and joined the other side. There’s a special place in hell for people who take up arms against their country of birth.

That said, we do think there should be a broader discussion — i.e., not left solely to the whimsy of this administration — as to what a person must do to establish himself an “imminent threat” to America’s interests. Perhaps Congress should get involved.

What did prompt us to stand and take due notice of this issue, though, was White House spokesman Jay Carney’s contention that the administration ordered drone strikes “to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks and, again, save American lives.”

Weren’t the same words employed to justify waterboarding — which, last time we checked, did not result in anyone dying but routinely incurred the wrath of liberals, many of whom now see no evil whatsoever in drone strikes?