Liberal columnist Glenn Greenwald and Matt Drudge agree on one thing this week: Both noted that Syria has become the 7th Muslim country that the “Peace Prize president” bombed.
“Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama — after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq,” said Greenwald, who’s famous for assisting Edward Snowden’s release secret U.S. intelligence documents.
The Drudge Report repeated this line of criticism on September 11, 2014 (Peace Prize Prez Declares War), as did many right-leaning news sources.
Greenwald went on to blast Obama for being indifferent to the legality of his actions:
“The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and very few people seemed to mind that abject act of lawlessness; constitutional constraints are not for warriors and emperors).”
Greenwald also rehashed the dichotomy between Obama’s 2013 “red line” warnings that he wanted to bomb Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad, but is now bombing Assad’s enemies.
Greenwald isn’t the only one in the mainstream to left-leaning media to contrast Obama’s Peace Prize with his constant bombing campaigns.
During a recent press conference at the State Department, an AP reporter asked if Obama’s actions were “worthy” of a president who was so famously a Peace Prize recipient.
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