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  • Scribecast: AEI's Marc Thiessen on Dangers of the Obama Doctrine

    President Obama’s use of drone strikes to target terrorists is depleting U.S. intelligence on al Qaeda and making America less safe in the process, according to Marc Thiessen, an American Enterprise Institute fellow.

    “The Obama administration has completely eliminated live capture of terrorists and bringing them in for interrogation,” Thiessen said. “As a result, we are not getting insight into the inner workings of al Qaeda.”

    Thiessen, author of “Courting Disaster” and a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, spoke at Heritage about the Obama Doctrine. He joined us on Scribecast to discuss the escalation of drone strikes, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, budget cuts to Voice of America and the ideology of isolationism.

    Listen to the interview with Marc Thiessen on this week’s Scribecast

    Thiessen acknowledged that drone strikes are one of the most popular aspects of Obama’s anti-terror strategy. An overwhelming 83 percent of Americans support drone strikes, including 77 percent of liberals, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    “If Bush was blowing up terrorists without a warrant or a court order, [liberals] would be up in arms,” Thiessen remarked.

    But there are downsides. Heritage’s James Jay Carafano has warned that drone strikes alone can’t and won’t win the war on terror. Thiessen said, for example, dead terrorists cannot reveal plans about future attacks. Obama, however, shut down the CIA’s interrogation program, even though he benefits from the intelligence it once produced.

    “The time you want to use a drone is when there is perishable intelligence, where you’ve got a very small window of opportunity to take someone out,” Thiessen said.

    The podcast runs about 13 minutes. It was produced with the help of Hannah Sternberg. Listen to previous interviews on Scribecast or subscribe to future episodes.

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    3 Responses to Scribecast: AEI's Marc Thiessen on Dangers of the Obama Doctrine

    1. Sandy Caruso says:

      Not surprising. Yet another boondoogle by Obama, the incompetent, partying, golf playing, vacationing president who continues to undermine our security with his boneheaded decisions. No wonder this president
      is the laughing stock of the entire world. I am embarrassed and ashamed the USA has fallen so far so fast with our current leadership.

    2. Marci says:

      Well said Sandy, well said. I'm not so sure that it isn't by design though.

    3. tom says:

      the taliban are not our enemies says joe biden ..Of course JOE the taliban are not your enemies,
      because they are socialist just liike you.- Tthe taliban consider the united states and republicans
      as their enemies and before i forget they also hate women and kids ,specially intelligent women,
      and the hate is more profound when their own women are nice and intelligent and with
      university degree.-Thats why they like them dressed with tents .black tents
      I forgot they also hate, the Bush families .-
      The people they killed while they held power, it wasnt murder.or asassinations it was just a
      religious statement.- But dont worry about them JOE, their psychy or consequences of
      this forced peaciful interlude wont brain damage them .- They will be back in force to their
      killings and beheadings.and abusing women.- Nothing will change . very probable that
      karzai will have to bamoose from Dodge as soon as the talibunnies appear in the scene .-

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