Neocon writer Jonathan Tobin, blogging in Commentary today, seems to think that everyone on the Left – who, according to Tobin, includes President Obama – should apologise to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for accusing them of ‘being immoral lawbreakers’ over torture and targeted assassinations in the light of President Obama’s increased use of such practices.
The reality is that most folk on the Left do not regard Obama as being ‘Left’ but, rather, just not as far to the Right as the Republicans and their neoconservative supporters who many on the Left regard more as fascists.
Rather than apologising to Bush and Cheney for being ‘immoral lawbreakers’, the Left should simply add Obama to the list of those so accused. Neoconservatives, already well-known for their ‘immoral lawbreaking’ ideas which include support of imprisonment without proper trial, extra-judicial killing by the state (as long as the state doing the killing is Israel, the US or their Western allies) and the use of torture and rendition in the pursuit of furthering the Zionist cause and American hegemony, are already on that list of criminals.
The Left is right to say that those who support immoral lawbreakers are hypocrites and criminals; the Right is wrong if they expect an apology.