Well isn’t this interesting? President Obama, the man who won a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing, has a kill list. We all knew that, but what’s interesting is he didn’t think Mitt Romney should have been privy to his kill list had he been elected the next president of the United States. Maybe if the media had given Romney a halo like they did for Obama he would have thought differently, but like William Jacobson said, as far as Obama’s concerned it’s “Kill lists for me but not for thee!”
I guess the New York Times didn’t see the irony or the hypocrisy.
Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according to two administration officials.
The attempt to write a formal rule book for targeted killing began last summer afternews reports on the drone program, started under President George W. Bush and expanded by Mr. Obama, revealed some details of the president’s role in the shifting procedures for compiling “kill lists” and approving strikes. Though national security officials insist that the process is meticulous and lawful, the president and top aides believe it should be institutionalized, a course of action that seemed particularly urgent when it appeared that Mitt Romney might win the presidency.
“There was concern that the levers might no longer be in our hands,” said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity. With a continuing debate about the proper limits of drone strikes, Mr. Obama did not want to leave an “amorphous” program to his successor, the official said. The effort, which would have been rushed to completion by January had Mr. Romney won, will now be finished at a more leisurely pace, the official said.
Mr. Obama himself, in little-noticed remarks, has acknowledged that the legal governance of drone strikes is still a work in progress.
Back to Jacobson:
Put aside how you feel about the drone strikes, or a President selecting kill lists.
The arrogance [of] Obama to think that he alone could be trusted with such power without rules is staggering.
Well, I guess it would be staggering if we weren’t all used to that staggering arrogance after four years. Now it’s just expected. Not that it’s any better, this is just our new reality. Call it a brave new world, or whatever you want. Obama operates by his own set of rules.
Update: Linked by Expose the Media – thanks!