Obama’s ‘Secret Kill List’ Shows The President Has the Final Word on Terrorist Killing Missions

Obama Meets BushWhat an eerie task for a former constitutional law professor. Reports Jo Becker and Scott Shane in the New York Times:

Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises—but his family is with him—it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation.

“He is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go,” said Thomas E. Donilon, his national security adviser. “His view is that he’s responsible for the position of the United States in the world.” He added, “He’s determined to keep the tether pretty short.”

Nothing else in Mr. Obama’s first term has baffled liberal supporters and confounded conservative critics alike as his aggressive counterterrorism record. His actions have often remained inscrutable, obscured by awkward secrecy rules, polarized political commentary and the president’s own deep reserve…

Read: New York Times

6 Comments on "Obama’s ‘Secret Kill List’ Shows The President Has the Final Word on Terrorist Killing Missions"

  1. Some lib aren’t him? In the end they are all the same reactionary, full of crap, liers.

  2. Lyndon Baines Johnson had conversations with Robert Strange McNamera about Vietnam and the moral consequences thereof. Johnson wondered what the world would think about the US if he pulled the troops out of Vietnam, but ultimately decided he didn’t want to “appear weak.”

    I’d suggest to these guys that maybe they’ll appear STRONG if they say:

    “Enough of this shit. Enough of turning the Constitution into a wad of used toilet paper. Enough assassinations. Enough throwing good (borrowed) money after bad. Enough of having American troops stationed in 800 motherfucking places around the world. From now on, we take care of this country and will devote our resources exclusively and entirely to its rebuilding. If that makes me weak, what does it make anyone who wants the goddamned OPPOSITE of what I’m saying—strong? No. It makes them FUCKING STUPID. I’m the fucking President and this is what I’m devoting my energies to. If you don’t like it, vote me out of office. I’ve got a cushy retirement one way or the other. I’m going to do the RIGHT thing, not the expedient thing.”

    Fuck. I guess I’m dreaming….

  3. charlieprimero | May 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

    Oh please.  As if a Goldman Sachs meat puppet has decision-making over anything.   American drones murder women and children world-wide every day.   The only time you hear about it is when they want you to worship Big Daddy because he suffers for your safety.   Grow up.

  4. Johnsmith | May 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

    ” He’s determined to keep the tether pretty short…” Well tether length is probably determined by how much money you stuff in Obama’s pocket.  Nothing new here.  But what I would like to see is how many domestic targets he has on another one of his kill lists.  Now that drones are approved for domestic use it should be easy to spy on anyone. 

  5. feint_ruled | May 30, 2012 at 8:37 am |

    So he sits in his office, poring over lists of people to decide whose death warrants to sign? Sounds like Stalin!

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