Last night, in a debate aired on CBS, focusing on the arena of Foreign Affairs, Major Garrett, formerly of Fox News and, now, working for National Journal, and Scott Pelley, anchor of the CBS Evening News, quizzed a panel of Republican Presidential Hopefuls.
The dabate soon turned to the subject of the United States Government’s execution by drone strike of Anwar al-Awlaki.
For those of you unfamiliar with this former waste of oxygen, here is a brief biography from nytimes.com. Please be aware of their Liberal spin while you read it:
Mr. Awlaki, born in New Mexico in 1971, served as an imam in California and Virginia. He became the focus of intense scrutiny after he was linked through e-mails with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., in November 2009 and then to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in December 2010. He also had ties to two of the 9/11 hijackers although the nature of association remains unclear.
Unclear? I’m sure they were just corresponding about the virtues of home canning. What in the world do you think that radical Muslims filled with hatred for the infidels communicate about, you idiots?
In May 2010, Mr. Awlaki was mentioned by Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. Mr. Shahzad said he was inspired by the violent rhetoric of Mr. Awlaki.
The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism. The notion that the government can, in effect, execute one of its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence, made some legal authorities deeply uneasy.
Scott Pelley was, evidently, uneasy about it as well.
Pelley, a flaming Liberal, in a display of overcompensating arrogance, decided that he was going to make the leap from Moderation to Advocacy, and attempt to embarrass Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the same time.
Pelley should have stuck with practicing his ambush journalism at 60 Minutes.
Scott Pelley: And– and that’s time, Governor. Lady– ladies and gentlemen, — ladies and gentlemen, the applause are lovely. But we will not have doing. Thank you very much. We’ll have– we’ll have courtesy for all of the candidates on the stage. Speaker Gingrich, if I could just ask you the same question, as President of the United States, would you sign that death warrant for an American citizen overseas who you believe is a terrorist suspect?
Newt Gingrich: Well, he’s not a terrorist suspect. He’s a person who was found guilty under review of actively seeking the death of Americans.
Scott Pelley: Not– not found guilty by a court, sir.
Newt Gingrich: He was found guilty by a panel that looked at it and reported to the president.
Scott Pelley: Well, that’s ex-judicial. That’s– it’s not–
Newt Gingrich: Let me– let me– let me tell you a story– let me just tell you this.
Scott Pelley: –the rule of law.
Newt Gingrich: It is the rule of law. That is explicitly false. It is the rule of law.
Scott Pelley: No.
Newt Gingrich: If you engage in war against the United States, you are an enemy combatant. You have none of the civil liberties of the United States. You cannot go to court. Let me be– let me be very clear about this. There are two levels. There’s a huge gap here that– that frankly far too many people get confused over. Civil defense, criminal defense, is a function of being within the American law. Waging war on the United States is outside criminal law. It is an act of war and should be dealt with as an act of war. And the correct thing in an act of war is to kill people who are trying to kill you.
Male Voice: Well said. Well said.
About Scott Pelley:
Pelley has been with CBS News for more than 20 years and has worked his way up through the reporter ranks. While his name may not be readily known by everyone, he’s made his mark by breaking several significant national news stories over the years.
Pelley began his career as a 15-year-old copyboy at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Texas. He says he lied about his age because you had to be 16 to be hired. He says he had his mother drop him off two blocks away so that no one would catch on that he wasn’t old enough to drive.
After that, he held several positions in local television. Those jobs started with KSEL in Lubbock (now KAMC), where Pelley worked from 1975 until 1978. Then it was off to Dallas/Fort Worth, where he worked at KXAS from 1978-1981 and WFAA from 1982-89.
Pelley joined CBS News in 1989. He began his network career as a New York-based reporter.
The correspondents on 60 Minutes are used to winning a plethora of awards and Pelley has racked up plenty on his own. Since joining the broadcast in 2004, half of the program’s awards have belonged to him.
About Newt Gingrich:
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Newt’s experiences as the son of a career soldier convinced him at an early age to dedicate his life to his country and to the protection of freedom. Realizing the importance of understanding the past in order to protect the future, he immersed himself in the study of history, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University. Before his election to Congress in 1978, Newt taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years. He represented Georgia in Congress for twenty years, including four years as Speaker of the House.
Newt Gingrich is the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years.
Newt and his wife, Callista, host and produce award-winning documentary films, including A City Upon a Hill, Nine Days that Changed the World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, and Rediscovering God in America. Together, Newt and Callista also author photo books and record audio books.
Newt is the author of twenty-three books, including thirteen New York Times bestsellers.
In summary, dear readers, I have two questions for you:
1. Why are Liberals and Libertarians coming to the defense of an enemy of America, who, if still alive, would still be plotting to annihilate them?
2. Was it just me, or did the schooling of Scott Pelley by Newt bring a smile to your face, too?