The Audacity of Drone Kills
The Audacity of Hope? Hardly. Instead, consider The Audacity of Death. Or perhaps The Audacity of Drone Kills.
There’s this from the New York Times on the President’s self-authorized/self-certified/unreviewable license to kill:
The paper’s sweeping claims of executive power are audacious. For a threat to be deemed “imminent,” it is not necessary for a specific attack to be under way. The paper denies Congress and the federal courts a role in authorizing the killings — or even reviewing them afterward. In doing so, it cites the authorization of force that Congress granted to President George W. Bush after 9/11.
The Time’s blurb is fascinating at several levels. First, they dare to publicly question their great god, Barack Obama. Next, President Obama’s policy refers back to a Bush-based standard—while twisting it into a wholly unrecognizable shape—to justify his kill program. Finally, is the author goofing on Obama’s Audacity of Hope?
Has the Administration–and the Times–somehow forgotten Bush all bad, Obama all good?