The Paradox of Obama’s Kill List

“Nothing else in Mr. Obama’s first term has baffled liberal supporters and confounded conservative critics alike as his aggressive counterterrorism record.”

“…the administration’s very success at killing terrorism suspects has been shadowed by a suspicion: that Mr. Obama has avoided the complications of detention by deciding, in effect, to take no prisoners alive.”

“…a rigorous checklist: The infeasibility of capture, the certainty of the intelligence base, the imminence of the threat, all of these things.”

“But some State Department officials have complained to the White House that the criteria used by the C.I.A. for identifying a terrorist “signature” were too lax.”

“Their policy is to take out high-value targets, versus capturing high-value targets,”

“But he has found that war is a messy business, and his actions show that pursuing an enemy unbound by rules has required moral, legal and practical trade-offs that his speeches did not envision.”

“…Mr. Obama’s record has not drawn anything like the sweeping criticism from allies that his predecessor faced.”

“By withdrawing from Iraq and preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, Mr. Obama has refocused the fight on Al Qaeda and hugely reduced the death toll both of American soldiers and Muslim civilians.”

“His focus on strikes has made it impossible to forge, for now, the new relationship with the Muslim world that he had envisioned.”

“Justly or not, drones have become a provocative symbol of American power, running roughshod over national sovereignty…the United States has set an international precedent for sending drones over borders to kill enemies.”

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About The Jade(d) Warrior

Decades of walking the path of the warrior in service to noble ideals leaves one, well...jaded.
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