Bill Maher: Obama's Drone Program "Really Is The Same Policy" As Bush
BILL MAHER: I know you guys are wanting to talk about the drones, let's do that. That was the big story this week, the drone policy of the Obama administration. It was first leaked and after it was leaked, I think Michael Isikoff wrote the story, you probably had him on. And then it was officially revealed to Congress. The policy seems to be that, yes, we will fry people anywhere in the world with our flying killing robots because someone we know wrote it down on a piece of paper and therefore it's legal.
Now, I'm not saying I'm against it, I'm just saying that -- I'm not, because in a world where there is only bad choices you've got to get the best choice, of all the bad choices. But, I know Obama's a swell guy and Bush was an evil oaf, but it really is the same policy, isn't it? It's a dangerous world; we're good, we're bad, we know that, I have a note from my lawyer, go!
MAHER: This war has been going on for a thousand years with some of these people. It's a grudge match with the West, okay. And where? That's also a question. Can we do it anywhere? I mean, the latest hotspot where al Qaeda apparently is, is the country of Mali. No rednecks, that's not one of Obama's daughters. Mali is in Africa and, you know, the French invaded there a couple of weeks ago, right, and they don't have any drones, the French. So they reached out to us, the flying robot people, and they said, 'Would you like to identify some militants and kill them from the sky?' And we said, 'Really, you had to ask? We are so there.'
And it does, you know, bring up the question that since al Qaeda is kind of a whack-a-mole operation, can we do this anywhere? (HBO's Real Time, February 8, 2013)