A drone again, naturally
LBJ was mocked for being the target-list approval authority for air strikes during the Vietnam War.
So the peacemaker, Nobel laureate, nuclear disarmer, apologizer to the world for America’s having lost its moral way when it harshly interrogated the very people Obama now kills has become — just in time for the 2012 campaign — Zeus the Avenger, smiting by lightning strike.
A rather strange ethics. You go around the world preening about how America has turned a new moral page by electing a president profoundly offended by George W. Bush’s belligerence and prisoner maltreatment, and now you’re ostentatiously telling the world that you personally play judge, jury, and executioner to unseen combatants of your choosing, and whatever innocents happen to be in their company.
While blessed are the peacemakers still rules the day, pay as I say and not as I pay and do as I say and not as I do have been the real hallmarks of the Administration. As such, while the President’s lack of coherence may be disconcerting, it shouldn’t be unexpected.
Closing Guantanamo, for example, would require the following: 1) a better idea than using Guantanamo, and 2) working with the Congress to make it happen.
As such, we have a Presidential version of natural (policy) selection, or better, policy de-evolution. This is caused by closing the door on other instruments of power which leaves a drone again, naturally.
By the way, I have seen the future of warfare. It’s unmanned.