Conor Freidersdorf can’t vote for Obama because of drones, killing American citizens abroad and the Libyan intervention.
Let’s grant that despicable things are done in the drone war (for example, follow-up hits on rescuers and funerals – more here), that having a hit list of American citizens is morally awful, and that Libya was probably executive overreach, was at best a gamble, and there’s no way of knowing at this moment if it was the right thing to do even from realpolitik perspective. I’m more than willing to criticize Obama for these decisions.
But I know that becoming one of the 60%+ of people who won’t vote in this election is about the most feeble possible protest imaginable. Not to mention that “double Guantanamo” Romney’s foreign policy is far more likely to lead us to more war (with Iran for starters).
I also know that Conor Freidersdorf, Glenn Greenwald and other critics are right about the Democratic hackery/hypocrisy among those who support Obama’s foreign policy and criticized GWB’s.
That all said, after calling Democrats hypocrites, withholding a precious single vote for Obama, and writing daily thousand word essays about the latest awful thing, what’s next? What can we do to change the current direction of US foreign policy to get rid of drone strikes, avoid assassinations and maybe prevent other adventures like Libya? There’s a real lack of any kind of grounded political agenda among Obama’s foreign policy critics, and I’d like to see one since it would give me something to support.