Who knew it’s so damn hilarious?! The POTUS pic/toon is from Reason‘s “Wherein the New York Times Describes President Obama’s Role as Drone War Kill List Decider-in-Chief.” Ed Krayewski’s article has a lot of meat on its bones (excerpt below).
Sure, I did know already that chief editor Nick Gillespie is a scream. He and his black leather jacket often show up on Fox New’s Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld.
God I love Red Eye … here, it’s only midnight when it airs. It’s nothing like the rest of Fox News’s programming.
By the way, FNC’s line-up is better now that Ailes et al. got rid of the nut job at 5:00 p.m. ET, dumping Dreck for The Five — a bit light at times, but fun (and it’s given Red Eye‘s Greg Gutfeld the extra exposure he deserves).
This is but one section from Reason‘s “Wherein the New York Times Describes President Obama’s Role as Drone War Kill List Decider-in-Chief“:
Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, the Times papers over the very real “collateral damage” of U.S. drone strikes overseas:
Just days after taking office, the president got word that the first strike under his administration had killed a number of innocent Pakistanis. “The president was very sharp on the thing, and said, ‘I want to know how this happened,’ “ a top White House adviser recounted.
In response to his concern, the C.I.A. downsized its munitions for more pinpoint strikes. In addition, the president tightened standards, aides say: If the agency did not have a “near certainty” that a strike would result in zero civilian deaths, Mr. Obama wanted to decide personally whether to go ahead.
The president’s directive reinforced the need for caution, counterterrorism officials said, but did not significantly change the program. In part, that is because “the protection of innocent life was always a critical consideration,” said Michael V. Hayden, the last C.I.A. director under President George W. Bush.
As a reminder, President Obama has already ordered 5 times the drone strikes George W. Bush did in eight years in office Only after official assurances of utmost protection of innocent life and “near certainty” of no civil deaths in any planned drone strikes does this get mentioned:
Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.
Guilty until proven innocent. The CIA even has the authority to target mere likely suspects. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald noted even before that new authority the CIA was already targeting rescuers and mourners of previous targets. It’s just “simple logic.” The Times again:
Counterterrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good.
Another terrorist dead. A few collaterals too.
Hey. Gives us more tee times, more hoops, more ESPN, more parties to scoop up those checks.
Quite a life for a guy who lectured about the U.S. Constitution, then found it too cumbersome in practice. The Constitution is best left to the scholarly elites ensconced in Ivy League universities where the abstract and the real worlds never have to meet.
Okay, I can’t resist. Here’s another image from the article: