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Drone Strikes, Civilian Casualties and “The Kill List”

The New York Times ruined everybody’s Tuesday with the thorough evolution of Obama’s counterterrorism measures, in an article that ranged over Obama’s bungled non-closing of Guatanamo Bay to his legal maneuverings around the ending of rendition to his personal approval process over what’s being called a “kill list,” a collection of names of terrorists (we think/hope) for elimination via drone strikes.

The portrait that emerges is one of a fast-learning, hands-on President, who rapidly changed course from his detached mismanagement of the Guantanamo Bay fiasco to preside personally over the details of counterterrorism decisions. It also shows Obama the cold pragmatist, using his legal skills to widen the scope of rendition even as he appeared publicly to prohibit the practice, and negotiating harsher practices for terrorists overseas to shore up civil rights for terrorists caught stateside. And last, it shows a president comfortable with the use of force on behalf of the United States, one who understands the moral weight of assassination but who nonetheless employs the practice with little regret… Read more.

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How NOT To Campaign On The Killing Of Bin Laden

Last week, PoliticOlogy considered a new Obama reelection ad that touted the president’s super-serious decision to approve the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Obama was seen looking alternately worried and resolute, under a Bill Clinton voiceover about how difficult of a decision it was for the president, and the potential political fallout if it had gone awry. PoliticOlogy’s conclusion: the ad focused too much on the impact of the Osama killing on Obama, as opposed to the SEAL troops who executed the mission or the country who favored it, giving credence to the theory of Obama’s presidency as a cult of celebrity…Read More

Related: If Mitt Romney Is So Great, How Come He Didn’t Kill Bin Laden? (VIDEO)

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