Princeton University Professor Cornel West severely criticized President Barack Obama on Thursday while he co-hosted the Tavis Smiley
radio show. West said that Obama’s recently uncovered legal
justification for attacks on American citizens in league with Al Qaeda
amounted to war crimes. Obama is, like his Republican predecessors Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, a war criminal, West said.
“Your thoughts on this so-called license to kill?” Smiley asked West.
“The chickens are coming home to roost,” West replied. “We’ve been
talking about this for a good while, the immorality of drones, dropping
bombs on innocent people, it’s been over 200 children so far. These are
“I think we have to be very honest, let us not be deceived — Nixon,
Bush, Obama, they’re war criminals,” West continued. “They have killed
innocent people in the name of the struggle for freedom, but they’re
suspending the law, very much like Wall Street criminals. The law is
suspended for them, but the law applies for the rest of us.”
West highlighted a double standard in conclusion by saying that, if
he or Smiley were to conduct themselves as Obama has, they would be sent