"Sometimes I think a Peace Prize winner shouldn't have a kill list."
The last four years have been an important lesson in public choice.
the number rose from five in 2007 under Bush II to peak at 117 in 2010 before falling to 46 in 2012 under Obama. These strikes target funerals and other public gatherings, have killed innocents, including children and the American government has dramatically altered the definition of "combatant" to reduce the number of recognized civilian deaths. A generation of Pakistani children in the targeted region are growing up petrified. Their parents are often too worried to send them to school. You could make the argument that America has moved away from war against Al Qaeda, but it has done so by moving into terrorism.
Obama has a institutionalized a Presidential kill list (er... "disposition matrix") that he personally approves, ordering deaths without charge or trial including (so far) assassination of three American citizens which includes one teenager targeted for the communications he had while trying to find out what happened to his father (also assassinated).
An act was quickly passed to close Guantanamo Bay, but it remains open and Obama's administration has not moved away from indefinite detention but instead codified it into law. He extended warantless wiretapping. Under Obama the TSA has moved past removing shoes and into invasive pat-downs.
In spite of the President's promise to move away from targeting medical marijuana as a focus in America's war on drugs, the number of raids against medical marijuana dispensaries has increased under his tenure - far beyond anything attempted under Bush II. (If you were familiar with Joe Biden's role in establishing the office of the drug czar, it was a lot harder to be optimistic on this front pre-inauguration, but Obama's promise to stop medical marijuana raids after his inauguration fooled a lot of us.)
I will not be watching the inaugural address this time around.
*why would someone in power increase transparency? Silly Janet.
** If you are inflicted with partisanship, it's hard to see how not supporting Obama (and therefore being complicit in a Republican victory) can be OK, but you ought to recognize the harm that comes along with this decision, even if it's taken in spite of it out of a fear that more harm would come from withdrawing support.