Has there ever been a point since America’s inception when someone, somewhere, wasn’t plotting our downfall? I have great difficulty perceiving a time when this won’t be true. And so drone strategy comes to self-replicate. We bomb your village. You declare war on us for the bombing. We deem you a terrorist and bomb again. Rinse. Repeat.
The Obama administration considers any military-age male in the vicinity of a bombing to be a combatant. That is an amazing standard that shares an ugly synergy with the sort of broad-swath logic that we see employed in Stop and Frisk, with NYPD national spy network, with the killer of Trayvon Martin.
Policy is informed by the morality of a country. I think the repercussions of this unending era of death by silver bird will be profound.
This is a real stain on Obama’s legacy, sets a horrible precedent (I can’t wait until we are drone striking right across the Mexican border), and is very revealing about the tribalism of politics in our nation. If Bush and Cheney had done this, more than just a few civil libertarians and random cranks like me would be screaming bloody murder.
Glenn Greenwald had a couple really good posts about this, but I didn’t even bother to link them because I know what would happen in the comments section- “HE LIVES IN BRAZIL! HE HATES OBAMA AND JUST USES THESE ISSUES FOR SELF-PROMOTION. HE’S A LIBERTARIAN! WHAT DOES HE HAVE ON YOU JOHN COLE?” And that would be just the first comment.