All Drones, All the Time: Some Recommended Reading
The leak, to Michael Isikoff of NBC News, of an unclassified white paper on the factors weighed in the decision to target a US citizen engaged in terrorism has set off a new firestorm about the use of drones. The timing of the leak was clearly in response to the upcoming confirmation hearings for John Brennan, President Obama’s pick for CIA Director, who is widely described as the architect of the administration’s counterterrorism strategy.
Isikoff himself correctly notes that much of the content of this white paper is no surprise to anyone who listened to Attorney General Eric Holder’s March 5, 2012 address at Northwestern University. Unfortunately, much of the reporting about the white paper is going out of its way to pretend that the leaked paper is a sudden and complete exposure of closely held government secrets. I’m looking at you, Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post.
There’s been a great deal of breathless, hair-on-fire reporting from the usual suspects, who have even gone out of their way to dishonestly mischaracterize the views of yet another African-American commentator who is generally seen as pro-Obama, as they are wont to do.
But rather than delving again into the complex racial and gender politics that lead self-appointed progressive critics of this administration to slander and smear people of color who don’t toe their line, I thought it would be helpful to provide our readers with a compendium of helpful links to further reading on the topic of drones, US counterterrorism strategy, and CIA Director nominee John Brennan.
Compare that with the aforementioned Holder address from last year.
The Selected Wisdom blog provides a helpful guide for concerned citizens in their post “Americans: If You Don’t Want to Get Killed By a Drone, Avoid These 4 Things!” Spoiler Alert: they mostly involve not joining al Qaeda.
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