If you ever thought that Obama was a moderate, this should disabuse of that belief.
From CNS news:
Despite a resolution by Congress authorizing war against those responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama’s nominee to be the number two official at the Justice Department, James Cole, wrote an op-ed in 2002 likening the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to the domestic crimes of murder, rape and child abuse, while arguing that the attackers ought to be treated like domestic criminals.
“But the attorney general is not a member of the military fighting a war–he is a prosecutor fighting crime,” Cole wrote in a Sept. 9, 2002 article in Legal Times that critiqued the way then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft was handling the 9/11 case.
“For all the rhetoric about war, the Sept. 11 attacks were criminal acts of terrorism against a civilian population, much like the terrorist acts of Timothy McVeigh in blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma City, or of Omar Abdel-Rahman in the first effort to blow up the World Trade Center,” said Cole. “The criminals responsible for these horrible acts were successfully tried and convicted under our criminal justice system, without the need for special procedures that altered traditional due process rights.
“Our country has faced many forms of devastating crime, including the scourge of the drug trade, the reign of organized crime, and countless acts of rape, child abuse, and murder. The acts of Sept. 11 were horrible, but so are these other things,” Cole wrote in his op-ed.
This is not simply out of the mainstream…this is on the liberal fringes of the fringe of the mainstream. A poll done in 2002 (at the time this was written by Cole), 93% of Americans called the terror attacks an act of war, and another 4% were unsure…leaving a whole 3% of the public to agree with Cole.
In Cole’s world, Hitler could have annhilated the Jews in his own country, without being accused of crimes against humanity. The genocide in Rwanda was simply a gang fight that got out of control. The Khmer Rouge were simply out of control police.
This is an idiotic perception of reality. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda clearly and concisely declared war on the west and the United States in particular in 1995. This is not a hypothetical scenario…this is not a classroom discussion. This is reality.
And these are the type of fools that Obama has running his administration. It is frightening to say the least.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit beat me to the punch…his article is here.