Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Obama death panels

Well, I guess the Obama administration does have "death panels." But they are not for medical care but counter-terrorism. The New York Times has a lengthy story detailing the process the President follows to decide on drone strikes and other actions against believed terrorists overseas. There's good news and bad news in the story.

The good news, in my view, is that the President is very careful about the attacks and is willing to accept full responsibility for them. The bad news is that the administration is becoming overly reliant on a tool that has a high potential for political blowback abroad and is morally ambiguous.  There are many bad guys out there who do not pose a clear threat to the United States yet might be targeted because they plot local terror attacks. I wonder whether we can make and are making all the necessary distinctions in Yemen, for example, where things seem to be going from bad to worse.

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