When Civilians Die in Drone Attacks, It’s Not ‘Failure’ — It’s War
I’ve been reading with interest much of the commentary surrounding the tragic deaths of American hostage Warren Weinstein and Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto in an otherwise-successful drone strike in Pakistan (I say “otherwise successful” because the strike did indeed …
President Drone-Strike Wishes He Could ‘Reach Out’ in Nigeria
In between Democratic Party fundraisers in California last week, President Obama told an audience, “Every day when I wake up and I think about young girls in Nigeria or children caught up in the conflict in Syria, when there are …
The 2003–08 Liberal Foreign-Policy Vision Lies in Ruins
The front page of today’s Washington Post previews President Obama’s trip to the EU summit in Northern Ireland, observing that Europeans are deeply disappointed, and feeling betrayed, by Obama’s policies on long-delayed assistance to Syrian rebels, widespread …
Spared by the Sequester: Catfish Inspections, $500K Hotel Stays, New U.S. Drone Complexes
Jazz Shaw notices more spending “Spared by the Sequester”: $14 million per year for catfish inspections.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department spent $500,000 on lodging, hotel conference rooms. and other services in San Jose, Costa Rica; the cost is associated with …
Rand Paul’s ‘Epic’ Filibuster
The Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt features a contrast in government tours, helpful words from a critical reader, and then the big news of the day . . .
Rand Paul Goes to Washington
Rand Paul added a lot of big fans …
Why Are Tools of War Being Deployed in American Skies?
Over in the Corner, Charles Krauthammer expands upon his previous objections to the use of surveillance drones on U.S. soil.
A thought on drones: While they’ve been around for a lot longer than the War on Terror, and …
Don’t Blame Drones for the Tragic Deaths in Pakistan
Warren Weinstein, an American development worker, was kidnapped from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2011. Aged 73, he was, according to reports today, killed in an apparent U.S. drone strike in January 2015. Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian aid worker, was …
‘We are now consulting our drone policy with potential targets.’
Over in the Washington Free Beacon, Alana Goodman finds Representative Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) was scheduled to get a briefing on U.S. drone strikes from . . . well, a guy who might be on the drone-strike target list one day:
Meet the New Drone Policy . . .
President Obama, speaking at the National Defense University, May 23:
The use of drones is heavily constrained. America does not take strikes when we have the ability to capture individual terrorists; our preference is always to detain, interrogate, and prosecute. America …
New Revised, Morally Nuanced Drone Policy Gets Familiar Results
Hey, check out our new new, morally nuanced, totally different drone policy:
A U.S drone attack early Wednesday killed seven people and injured four others in volatile North Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani security officials and local tribesmen said. It …
Double-O-bama: Self-Licensed to Kill
It’s a special Morning Jolt today. First, a genuinely surprising development, as there seems to be almost-bipartisan objections to the Obama administration’s assertion that they can kill a U.S. citizen with a drone, as long as an …