Category Archives: Drone Wars

Superbowl Sunday, It’s Mah Birthday! (Open Thread)

The Superbowl is 50 and I’m now officially 45. A quarterback just slightly younger than me is hoping to end his career on a high, while an up-and-comer half my age is hoping to take him out. Should be storybook … Continue reading

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License to Kill

Business Insider: Here’s When It’s Legal To Kill An American Citizen With A Drone The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has released a secret Obama administration memorandum detailing the legal justification for a 2011 drone strike … Continue reading

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Barack Obama, Arab Spring and the Myth of the Moderate Muslim

Numerous questions remain regarding the Clusterfuck in Benghazi. Libya is in chaos. Egypt is still in turmoil. War rages in Syria. Our relationship with Israel is strained. How on Earth did Barack Obama fuck things up so badly? In a … Continue reading

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Did Nazi Lawyers Tell Hitler It Was Legal To Kill Jews?

From the New York Birdcage Liner: David Barron and Martin Lederman had a problem. As lawyers in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, it had fallen to them to declare whether deliberately killing Mr. Awlaki, despite his citizenship, would … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Guess Who Blinked First?

Washington Examiner: Victory: White House, Holder give Rand Paul the ‘no’ answer he wanted Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in … Continue reading

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#StandWithRand – The Epic Filibuster

ICYMI: 12 Hours And 54 Minutes Later, The Junior Senator From Kentucky Yields The Floor Fin. For more than half of an almost magical day, Sen. Rand Paul treated American political junkies to something we haven’t seen much of lately: … Continue reading

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Like Pulling Teeth

Subtitled: “Scumbag Racist Senator Harasses Noble Black Attorney General” Ted Cruz Goads Eric Holder Into Admitting That Killing Americans With Drones On U.S. Soil Is Unconstitutional On Tuesday, the Department of Justice sent shockwaves through the nation when Attorney General … Continue reading

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Progressives Without Principles

DOJ kill list memo forces many Dems out of the closet as overtly unprincipled hacks This past week has been a strangely clarifying political moment. It was caused by two related events: the leak of the Justice Department’s “white paper” … Continue reading

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Mediate: MSNBC’s The Cycle erupted into a heated verbal battle over the ethicality of drone warfare on Tuesday. Co-hosts S.E. Cupp and Steve Kornacki expressed serious reservations over a memo leaked to NBC News by the Justice Department detailing the … Continue reading

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The Banality Of Evil

White House Responds To Drones Memo: Strikes Are ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical’ And ‘Wise’ It’s no surprise that among the first questions White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received at today’s press briefing was one that concerned a recently-leaked Justice Department memo … Continue reading

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Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For Answers

After new attacks, Obama faces questions on drones The first drone strikes approved by the Obama administration in the new year killed a major Taliban leader in Pakistan but also fueled growing concerns about Obama’s accelerated use of secret killings … Continue reading

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