Bloomberg deputy to Rand Paul: Hey, the people trust Obama to do the right thing on drones

posted at 5:01 pm on March 6, 2013 by Allahpundit

Another good one via Mediaite. If you’re wondering why you should care what a deputy nanny of NYC thinks about drones, do note that Wolfson was a Clinton flack for years. He was a major player in Hillary’s 2008 campaign and might very well end up in a top position should she run in 2016, with a White House advisory role to follow if she wins. He may, in time, have the president’s ear on things like this. That’s a person whose thoughts on summarily liquidating Americans suspected of terrorism are worth paying attention to.

In case you missed this post two days ago, don’t be so quick to conclude that he’s wrong:

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The public gets more reluctant as you start talking about targeting Americans and giving the president unilateral power to do it, but there’s already close to majority support for killing a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil in the abstract. Imagine what those numbers would look like in a concrete case once the Democratic/media message machine went to work on Obama’s behalf. Imagine he ordered a strike on an American-born bad guy hiding in a U.S. safe house whom the CIA had reason to believe was plotting, say, an attack on airliners. Do you suppose his approval rating would go up or down once the “NEW 9/11 PREVENTED” headlines started rolling out?

What’s newsworthy about this clip isn’t Wolfson’s gauge of public opinion, it’s his dismissive disdain for a guy like Paul who’s making precisely the sort of constitutional objections that would have made him a hero to the left during the Bush era. There is a way to pay lip service to liberal counterterrorism concerns circa 2006 while also doing your Democratic duty as a mindless partisan in defending Obama. He could say that Paul’s points are well taken, that he’s certainly right that we can’t ignore due process just to make things a bit easier for the president, but that in an age of terror the commander-in-chief must have the power to blah blah blah etc. You don’t get any of that here even though Wolfson’s on MSNBC, ground zero for Democratic civil-libertarian posturing during the Bush years. He feels perfectly comfortable telling a lefty audience flat out that Rand Paul’s a crank for worrying about the Constitution when everyone knows that the public trusts the guy who commands the military to do the right thing on assassinating citizens. Good work, guys.

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Bloomberg is a total ASS!

hip shot on March 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

And by “people”, Bloomberg means himself and his fellow NC progressive bunch. They are the only ones who count, right Bloomie?

Archivarix on March 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Both the network and the Mayor

hip shot on March 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

People trusted Hitler to do the right thing as well.

The Notorious G.O.P on March 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Rand Paul just rebutted this very point. Neat timing, AP.

Weight of Glory on March 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Hey, the people trust Obama to do the right thing on drones

Go straight to hell, Bloomberg.

petefrt on March 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I trust his judgement is a sound Constitutional argument.

nogooddeed on March 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I think I can define a terrorist; anyone who thinks they can supercede the Constitution.

Tater Salad on March 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Well I trust Paul, beyond the national debt number that bho has put on us, than bho! That is a huge difference in trust!

Go Paul, Cruz and all who are standing up to bho!
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letget on March 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Hey, Wolfie!

Do you remember when Obama thought that the Patriot Act and Bush’s GWOT policies didn’t go far enough?

Yeah, me neither.

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Chris Stevens trusted Obama to do the right thing. That didn’t work out so well.

Doughboy on March 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

The very same outrage that we should, and most of us did, have at the thought of treating terrorism as a law enforcement problem should also apply to treating Americans on American soil as military targets. This is just totally 180 degrees out of phase of my ability to comprehend.

fourdeucer on March 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Hey, Wolfie! How did that whole “trusting the President” work out for Japanese-AMERICANS during WWII?

Yeah, thought so.

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

His version of the right thing and our version of the right thing are vastly different.

Philly on March 6, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Bloomberg deputy to Rand Paul: Hey, the people trust Obama to do the right thing on drones

…these people need to HAVE the SH!T BEAT out of them!…I’m serious…they scare me…they need it!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Basic rule of thumb:

Never concede a power to someone you like in high office that you would not tolerate in someone you hate.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Bloomberg is a total ASS and an EPIC HYPOCRITE!

hip shot on March 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Noted Climate-Change Campaigner Installs House Air Conditioning Window Unit On SUV-Limo To Beat The Heat

(I remembered this earlier today. I swear you’d think the photo came from SNL, Letterman or Leno.)

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Bloomberg deputy to Rand Paul: Hey, the people trust Obama to do the right thing on drones

Sycophantic drooler.

LetsBfrank on March 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Bloomberg deputy to Rand Paul: Hey, the people trust Obama to do the right thing on drones

Both Bloomberg and the Indonesian Dog-Eater have proven time and again that they are totally untrustworthy lowlifes who shouldn’t be allowed any control over anyone else’s life in any way. They are both the scum of the Earth and both should be sitting in jail right now – Barky for countless crimes against our Constitution (too many to even start listing) and nation and Bloomberg for sending out his brown shirts out of their jurisdiction to other states to try and cause problems for legal gun dealers operating under the law.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Ha! That last person on this rock we can trust is the community organizer in campaigner.

antipc on March 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Bloomberg and BO are two peas in a pod.

They are control freaks – people who can’t make a cogent argument for their positions because they’re arrogant enough to assume they know best, and so they try to order people about.

They have no idea how much they embarrass themselves whenever they open their mouths.

The best control freak dynamic duo would be Little Bittie Bloomie teaming up with Big MO. They could do a nation wide tour teaching ordering us peons as to what we should eat.

I would invite them to start in the Sunny South. This country needs some mirth and merriment.

Cody1991 on March 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

It’s not about what the public thinks. Democracies can’t just vote away the bill of rights via politicians. The bill of rights were written to protect the individual.

MoreLiberty on March 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Basic rule of thumb:

Never concede a power to someone you like in high office that you would not tolerate in someone you hate.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

That’s true, but Barky is worse than that. He has violated the Constitution on untold numbers of occasions and, in any sane nation, would be sitting in jail rather than being allowed to continue on. Nixon was driven out of office for something that is less than child’s play compared to all the criminality and Constitution destruction that Barky has engaged in.

This is not a question about what powers a normal President should have. This is about the fact that a criminal in the White House needs to be held accountable for his crimes.

The moral of this story is that you can NEVER, EVER, EVER put someone in power who will not be held to the law like a normal person.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

The DHS has recently bought billions (yes, with a “b”) of rounds of common military ammunition, thousands of automatic (select fire, not the civilian semi-autos) rifles, and more recently are apparently picking up 2700 refurbished military MRAP armored vehicles.

They don’t need to use drones.

iurockhead on March 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

He feels perfectly comfortable telling a lefty audience flat out that Rand Paul’s a crank for worrying about the Constitution when everyone knows that the public trusts the guy who commands the military to do the right thing on assassinating citizens. Good work, guys.

AllahSnark™ at it’s finest!

JusDreamin on March 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry trusted Obama to do the right thing in keeping firearms away from Mexican drug lords.

Harbingeing on March 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Aren’t tea party activists terrorists? In fact isn’t any conservative or Republican like a terrorist, especially when defying Obama. Haven’t we been told over and over again that they pose threats to our country?? Imminent threats?

Nice country you got there, shame if something happened to it.

Does the White House have enough power to shut down the airlines (TSA)? Does it have enough power to raise gas to $8/gal (EPA)? Can it starve anyone on federal programs for meals? It IS shutting down hospitals and doctors for military personnel. It is releasing criminals, when will it decide not to deploy military personnel to protect our country, will it open the borders?

It can do all that with just a few layoffs here and there.

Chicago politics. Vote our way or else!!

odannyboy on March 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Paul covered this. You trust Zero? Fine. Do you trust the next guy? And the one after that? Or do you think it’s best to shut down this President-can-kill-any-Americans-he-wants thing right now?

Frame the question this way, and let’s see how the “poll” comes out.

Rational Thought on March 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

but there’s already close to majority support for killing a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil in the abstract.

Please explain this comment…

ladyingray on March 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I don’t trust Obuggerme with a Pomeranian, let alone drones. And Bloomberg should be stripped naked and dropped off in The Bronx at 0200.

M240H on March 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Imagine he ordered a strike on an American-born bad guy hiding in a U.S. safe house whom the CIA had reason to believe was plotting, say, an attack on airliners. Do you suppose his approval rating would go up or down once the “NEW 9/11 PREVENTED” headlines started rolling out?

So, in a place entirely controlled by the US, in easy striking range of any number of SWAT teams, are people really going to accept the President blowing the suspect up instead of capturing him and all of the intelligence he presumably has access to?
Seriously? Is this for real?

Count to 10 on March 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Marxists ( also known as Democrats) have always had a problem with splashing water on and reading e-mails of muslim terrorists because muslim terrorists have civil+human+Constitutional rights, even on battlefields and foreign soil.
Now , as for killing Americans who IDI HUSSEIN FEELS ARE TERRORISTS….. Idi knows best

burrata on March 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

They would never sic a drone on me because I have a framed photo of Dear Leader displayed prominently in my home.

You need to know how to kowtow to make yourself safe.

Bishop on March 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Which people trust Obama? The lady with Obama stash or with the Obama phone?

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Hey, Wolfie!

Do the American people trust an “informed, high-level official of the US govt,” who has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack, to order a drone strike on an Am on US soil?

Didn’t read the White Paper, eh?

Thought not.

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Hey, the people trust Obama to do the right thing on drones

Obama did the right thing with….let’s seee….eeee….
Larry Bland , Donald Young and
Lieutenant Quarels Harris
hmmmmmm………

burrata on March 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

You need to know how to kowtow to make yourself safe.

Bishop on March 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

I thought by now you would have that bunker pretty well fortified with a Faraday cage surrounding your entire compound.

fourdeucer on March 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

i’m sure these hypocrites would also trust president santorum

burserker on March 6, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Bloomberg is a Ruling class Communist.

Just the truth.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

You have to use the drones to find out if the drones are used correctly…or something…

right2bright on March 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Bloomburglar is more like an Assburglar.

FloatingRock on March 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Trust is earned. So is respect. I have neither for this president.

scalleywag on March 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Thank you, Mr. Paul. Never in my life did I think this country would reach the point where we’d have to argue against the government’s self imposed right to kill its citizens, but here we are. sigh.

scalleywag on March 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

“Every American has the right to know when their government believes it has the right to kill them” ~ @RonWyden

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Define progressives as terrorists. Problem solved.

OhioCoastie on March 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Did anyone else catch Paul’s mention of Hanoi Jane having her picture taken in North Korea during that war? And that under the current drone rules, Obama would have authorized a strike on her.

Now there is a hell of way to make this “whole drone strikes on American citizens on US soil” point!

2nd Ammendment Mother on March 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Imagine he ordered a strike on an American-born bad guy hiding in a U.S. safe house whom the CIA had reason to believe was plotting, say, an attack on airliners.

Imagine he did it to keep the bad guy from telling the Agency, or worse yet Congress, that he was going to use weapons or explosives supplied by Obama & Co. because he told them the material would be handed on to the Syrian “resistance”.

I could imagine The Self-Exalted One lighting up the safe house with a couple of Hellfires to keep that sort of information “in the family”.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Beware of law and order liberals. They will sell our freedom for their security every time.

jpmn on March 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM

For all those who trust Obama with this power, a question: Would you feel the same way if George W. Bush was in office? Or Mitt Romney?

Remember, whatever side of the political spectrum you are on, the other side will be in power someday.

MTinMN on March 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

B.O. doesn’t have the personal dicipline to resist a cigarette. What makes anyone believe he will resist using drones to blast away political enemies?

JackM on March 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM