Is 'targeted killing' appropriate U.S. policy?

  • Article by: Dale McFeatters , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: February 5, 2013 - 7:06 PM

Leaked memo shows Obama embraced and expanded Bush-era surveillance and anti-terrorism policies.

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pumiceFeb. 5, 13 7:48 PM

Is 'targeted killing' appropriate U.S. policy?

In a word, NO.

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mgs5150Feb. 5, 13 8:23 PM

How is this possible? I was under the impression Bush was evil and Obama was the messiah? This story had been ignored since day one but the liberal media tends to ignore these types of inconsistencies in the Obama narrative. Just like the is comment probably won't be posted. Ron Paul pointed this out multiple times only to be ignored. Democrats thinks it's ok since this is their guying doing it.

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davidtbrooksFeb. 5, 13 8:37 PM

I generally support Obama, but I have been confused about this as well. Why do it? Why has the media not reported on it? Why do other Americans simply not care? The lack of answers to these questions has troubled me.

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alansonFeb. 5, 13 8:42 PM

However well-intentioned, a policy of targeted killing has great risks, including the risk that targeted killing will result in unanticipated blowback from the nations where the killing occurs. The power to order such killings needs to be subject to some check outside of the Office of the President either in the courts, or in the Congress.

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offtherecordFeb. 5, 13 9:10 PM

So, obama thinks that killing American's, without due process, is perfectly acceptable. How do the folks that demonized Bush for water boarding terrorist feel about this? My guess is that the Bush hatred ran so deep and the obama love affair is still strong so we won't hear a peep.

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hawkeye56379Feb. 5, 13 9:13 PM

Look, military action against al Qaeda is authorized by an act of Congress and the drone strikes are part of that. Referring to them as assassinations is nonsense. An assassination is the killing of the leader of a country, not a member of al Qaeda. There is no court that has jurisdiction over military action abroad. If Congress doesn't want these strikes to continue they can rescind their authorization of military action.

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goferfanzFeb. 5, 13 9:21 PM

The Obama war doctrine has really proven this country has a Ministry of Truth rather than independent media oversight-- although it had been pretty evident before this.

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yargadFeb. 5, 13 9:22 PM

The logic of the Obama murder memo is precisely the same as the logic of the Bush torture memo. "The U.S. does not torture its enemies, therefore anything the U.S. does to its enemies is not torture." "The U.S. does not murder its citizens overseas, therefore any time the U.S. kills one of its citizens overseas it is not murder." As in so many other contexts, assuming one's conclusions is no way to arrive at anything like a valid judgement. Fortunately organizations such as the ACLU are holding the feet of the sophists in the Justice Department and their superiors to the fire.

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bgronniFeb. 5, 13 9:55 PM

This will not receive much press, or coverage on the talk shows. This is OK because it is from the dear leader. Just like a high unemplyoment rate, OK. debt at record highs and still climbing, OK. Most people ever on disability and food stamps, OK. Record fuel prices, OK. Destruction of our healthcare system, OK. Tax increases for all, OK. Some will always follow.

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hawkeye56379Feb. 5, 13 9:57 PM

Comparing military action to torture is unbelieveable! We have always had to kill those that we were fighting, but we have not tortured them. Why is it wrong to attack members of al Qaeda no matter what nationality they are? If Congress wants to rescind their authorization to take military action against al Qaeda they can do so, otherwise the drone strikes continue to be legal.

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