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Monday, June 04, 2012
John Grant: "A Killer in the White House" @ This Can't Be Happening!
“No, Charlotte, I’m the jury now. I sentence you to death.” The roar of the .45 shook the room. Charlotte staggered back a step. “How c-could you?” she gasped. “It was easy.” - Mickey Spillane, I, The Jury
news that Barack Obama -- a Constitutional scholar and recipient of the
2009 Nobel Peace Prize -- has taken personal charge of lethal US drone
hits in Yemen and Pakistan is one of those stories that takes time to
The New York Times stresses
how serious the issue has become. “With China and Russia watching, the
United States has set an international precedent for sending drones over
borders to kill enemies.” It’s no longer a cool video-game experiment;
it’s the beginning of robot warfare, and, if history is a lesson, it
will have unanticipated consequences and our enemies will learn to
counter the weapon with imaginative weapons of their own, including
drones. We should expect to be surprised and blindsided. Martin Luther
King spoke of it as a futile rising cycle of violence.
Exactly how many
non-combatants and innocent people are being killed is the big question.
There's no way to know. One, there’s a pathological level of secrecy in
our militarized government and, two, we can’t believe a word the
government says anyway.
counter-terrorism adviser John Bennan, for example, makes the
preposterous claim that “not a single non-combatant has been killed in a
year of strikes.” The Times interviewed former intelligence
officials familiar with the issue and they “expressed disbelief.” It
recalls the days during the Vietnam War when all Vietnamese corpses were
We know of entire families killed in Yemen, as reported by Jeremy Scahill. And Britain’s Sunday Times reports since Obama began the campaign, 300 to 500 civilians have been killed, more than 60 of them kids.
Back in the
sixties, during Operation Rolling Thunder, Lyndon Johnson took personal
charge of targeting for the aerial bombing of North Vietnam. And George
W. Bush was notorious for the little check-off list squirreled away in
his desk drawer of men he wanted whacked. So the idea of a US President
personally overseeing hits like a gang boss is not that novel. What's
new is the means of killing and the fact Mr. Obama is so lawyerly about
We’re told it’s a matter of the President manning-up and taking responsibility for a morally gray activity. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. It’s lonely at the top. He’s
reportedly reading up on Just War Theory and other international legal
precedents. But Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo and Harriet Miers set the
tone for this a decade ago, when all a President had to do was dial up
the OLS, the Office of Legal Sophistry...
the rest of this article by JOHN GRANT in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new
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