Liberal drone David Frum frets over President Obama’s ‘heavy, heavy burden’

Once upon a time, David Frum could market himself as a conservative and actually give people reason to believe him. That time is long gone. He’s now a proud member of the Media Lapdog Circus, performing jaw-dropping feats of intellectual contortion in order to justify President Obama’s drone strike policy.

O, woe is the Lightbringer with his “heavy, heavy burden” of responsibility! We need a hanky.

Puh-leeeze. David Frum isn’t interested in talking with anyone who wants to discuss the truth. Even über-lefty Glenn Greenwald called him out:

Good point. Regardless of your thoughts on Greenwald’s politics, at least he’s consistent with himself on this issue.

Frum may not be a fan of labels, but we’ve got one for him: intellectually dishonest hack.



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Note from Twitchy’s CEO, Michelle Malkin: 

On occasion we at Twitchy disagree internally on policy issues and this is one of those cases. Perhaps Frum is only saying these things now in defense of Obama because of his newfound, knee-jerk hostility to conservatives. Regardless, I agree with what he wrote.

Here is what I wrote in September 2011 about a drone strike:

Obama’s far left flank will be unhappy if the mission to kill Awlaki, an American citizen, was successful. They will again decry such drone strikes against American citizens as unprecedented and lawless.

On this, I will come to Obama’s defense.

Awlaki’s membership and leadership in al Qaeda is undisputed.

We are at war.

The Supreme Court set the precedent for Obama’s and our military’s actions in 1942.

  • Tangchung

    The big crime here is Frum is on twitter.

  • Maxx

    Hypocrisy….thy name is Democrat. If this drone policy had been written during Bush’s term, liberals would be piled six-deep in Washington marching against it. However, their starry-eyed love for the anointed one causes a suspension of common sense only duplicated when entering a theater to watch yellow Camaros turn into robots.

  • Jack Deth

    “Heavy, heavy burden”?… What could the be, bench pressing Michelle?

    • Frustrated Teacher

      That unsubmitted budget isn’t burdening him much….but that is only breaking the law….

  • waltermitty2012

    We need a catch and release program for terrorists as a way to manage the population at Guantanamo, if you know what I mean. 😉

    • rampaige

      Dude we aleady do – we transfer GTMO detainees to other countries all the time, knowing full well they’ll escape or be released and then become the next recidivist. Yet, we do it all the same.

  • dennylee60

    Somehow I think if this was done by Bush, he and the rest of the liberal media would be calling for impreachment.

  • TugboatPhil

    Remember when “demeaning” pictures of Al Qaeda prisoners was an impeachable offense?

    • James Atkins

      The liberal hypocrisy is astounding these days. I mean, they were going nuts when GWB wanted warrant-less wire taps…

  • republicandrinkingtea

    David Frum is a laughingstock and POS.

  • Dick Beninya

    30 is the new 20 like Obama is the new Bush?

  • Blake Waymire

    While I agree that anytime an allegiance to an enemy power can be proven, as it was with al-Awlaki, a drone strike is one of the proper responses (the other proper responses being variations on the theme of very fast-moving objects hitting a single very squishy object), the object of our mockery here is a double-standard. Somehow it’s worse to hold terrorists indefinitely than it is to just blow them right up. Oh, wait, no it’s worse for Bush to hold terrorists indefinitely than it is for Obama to hold them indefinitely or just blow them right up.

    Oh, and Obama’s got such a fascist streak in him that I’m sure he’d turn it on American citizens simply for voting against him, or badmouthing him in public.

  • TocksNedlog

    We can only hope that our ally, Great Britain, will support our efforts; and furthermore, we look for them to muster the courage to institute a similar protocol.

    On a related note, everyone stay 500 yards away from Piers Morgan!

  • TocksNedlog

    “When there’s evidence”
    As in, ‘you can’t touch him UNTIL he actually kills an innocent’. And in the meantime — hey look . . . squirrel!!!

  • TocksNedlog

    “The Italian cities US bombed in WW2 were home to hundreds if not thousands of US citizens.”
    — Is this idiot REALLY making the claim that assassinating US citizens without due process is acceptable because we’ve done it before?
    Furthermore, did ANY of those WWII bombings specifically target a US citizen suspected of being a collaborator?

  • TocksNedlog

    When you’ve lost ‘The Gleens’ . . .

  • TocksNedlog

    “If a Union sniper had killed Robert E. Lee without a jury trial first, would that have been a war crime?”
    — Who knew that an American citizen was the Commanding General for al Qaeda attack forces?
    Frum knows, cuz he’s smarter than you!

  • TocksNedlog

    “The practical alternative to drones isn’t jury trials. It’s leaving US passport carrying terrorists alone unharmed to execute their plans”
    — And if they used their US passport for travel to France or Germany or Italy, is THAT where we make the drone strike?
    See, I missed the part where that memo specifies ‘third world country’, or ‘nation in which active terrorist operations are taking place’. Oh, that’s right, that part isn’t specified.

  • TocksNedlog

    “Lawyers have enough to do running the legal system. Putting them also in charge of US wars is judicial over-reach of extremest kind”
    — Okay, let me see if I’ve got this straight: enemy combatants captured on the battlefield, read them their rights and don’t waterboard them; ALLEGED American collaborators NOT on the battlefield, blow them to smithereens. Sure, that’s cool.
    [BTW, pure gold seeing Twitter’s character-limit force a graduate of both Harvard and Yale to type “extremest”.]

  • TocksNedlog

    “And of course there is accountability. It’s called the political system. Not everything is for judges to decide.”
    — The EXACT OPPOSITE of the argument against GITMO.
    If the president flips, the lap dogs flop.
    Also, note that what Frum is basically saying here is ‘Hey, if you’re uncomfortable with who Obama chooses to kill, then you can express your disappointment at the ballot box!’

  • TocksNedlog

    “There are no secrets here. President Obama is one bad drone attack away from impeachment, and he knows it.”
    — Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in the room where Reid & Durbin & Schumer & Boxer & Feinstein told Obama ‘Hey, if you kill the wrong dude we’re kicking you out!’

  • TocksNedlog

    “Congress could repeal the authorization of force against al Qaeda.”
    — Disingenuousness this strong requires a special degree of arrogance not found in honest men.
    “Congress could defund the drone program.”
    — You’d probably like that, Frum. It shares logical consistency with banning ‘assault weapons’ just because a few crazy people can’t play nice with them.
    “Congress can subpoena.”
    — So, are you now calling on Eric Holder and the White House to release all material relavent to Fast & Furious to Issa’s investigating committee?

  • TocksNedlog

    “When there’s evidence – or even a plausible contention – that President Obama has abused his war powers, let’s talk.”
    — When there’s evidence – or even a plausible contention – that a legal gun-owner has abused his/her 2nd Amendment rights, then let’s talk . . . about that individual.

  • TocksNedlog

    “Congress DOESNT do those things. We’re in this war together. And President Obama is the executive responsible – a heavy, heavy burden.”
    — That big stick must weigh a ton. But see, what this policy has some of us wondering is ‘Does it ever come close to falling upon his conscience?’

  • ceemack

    Harry Reid is too afraid to even pass a budget. Does Frum actually believe he’d hold an impeachment trial on The One?

  • TruDat

    Good old cockeyed Frum, always wrong on every issue. These left-wing saps need to move to Venezuela.

  • Yaldaboath

    “We are at war.”

    Any false or partially false premise extended with accurate logic will generate an approximate simulation of insanity.

    We are at war, and we are insane.

  • Chris Hadrick

    agree with others David Frum is annoying and not at all interesting.

  • John Smith

    Would the “terror warriors” have the same enthusiasm for killing if their house full of their family is blown up because a terror “suspect” was in the neighborhood? They demand the families of the 300 Pakistan children butchered to kill “suspects” thank America.

  • Bill Hicks

    I can’t wait until the first conservative is exterminated without due process. The inept and ignorant Malkin will be screaming and crying like the twit she is. Considering conservative groups have been outed as the most likely to commit domestic acts of terror, this reality is likely not far off. Personally, I can’t wait for it to happen. The chickens will come home to roost for bloodthirsty conservatives morons like Malkin.