In a shocking display, Time columnist Joe Klein defended Barack Obama’s drone attack policy in a crude and reckless fashion Monday on the MSNBC program, “Morning Joe.” As a justification, Klein used the argument that drones “save American lives,” and followed up with perhaps one of the most offensive, mind-blowing defenses of cold blooded murder I’ve heard in my life:
The bottom line is, whose 4-year-olds get killed?
This discrete, black and white interpretation of the terrorist threat is not only hollow in its simplicity, but dangerous to our own country. Even a Donald Rumsfield-era Pentagon concluded that the killing of innocent Muslim children is precisely what fuels the anti-American sentiment in the first place.
In a display that Glenn Greenwald calls “nakedly sociopathic,” Klein revels in the ease the new technology has provided U.S. presidents, allowing the military to kill using “joysticks from California.” Continue reading
N.B. Below is Part One of a three-part series detailing the demise of the antiwar Left, highlighting issues that have been overlooked by many liberals and the media alike. Enjoy.
The smell of bird shit seemed perpetually fresh, there were so many doves. As late as 2009, talk of impeachment proceedings for the previous President’s malfeasance remained more than a figment in the political consciousness of many Americans. After all, the preceding eight years had seen an unforeseen concentration of executive power, and with it, the proliferation of warfare abroad. Continue reading
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned NATO attacks on Tuesday, after the American-led forces killed “four innocent children” who were tending to livestock.
How and why the children were killed remains unclear.
“Despite repeated pledges by NATO to avoid civilian casualties, innocent lives, including children, are still being lost,” Karzai stated.
According to Reuters, “civilian casualties have been a major source of friction between Karzai’s government and the U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.”
Reuters has the full story here.