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WH: Actually, drones strikes are legal and effective counterterrorism policy!

Remember the tried and true age-old adage: When Republican presidents use drones to kill terrorists they’re “shredding the constitution,” but when Democrat presidents do the same it’s “legal,” “ethical,” and “wise.” A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior […]

Actually it does matter, Hillary.

Here’s a great retort by the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s jaw-dropping question “What difference, at this point, does it make?” whether the Bengazi murders were a result of a spontaneous protest gone violent or a premeditated terrorist attack. No matter your view of the media’s role in Benghazi; no […]

CIA vet on Zero Dark Thirty.

Great commentary. Read it all. Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the CIA. He is the author of “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives,” written with former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, who also contributed to this essay. It is an odd experience to enter a darkened room […]

Having their Benghazi cake and eating it too.

“The protests we’re seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney, two days after the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens. “We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned… Our current best assessment, based on the information that […]

Obama cronies do 180 on Libya (quietly)

To say this is shameful is to insult shame. [NBC News] For the first time since four American diplomats were killed during violent protests at the U.S. consulate in Libya, the White House spokesman acknowledged that the attacks were an act of terrorism. During a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One, Press Secretary Jay […]

Romney’s right on the (principle of) 47%

Never mind our murdered ambassador to Libya. That was sooo last week. This week Mitt Romney insulted Obama constituents as free loaders. Sure, Mitt Romney butchered the argument somewhat. I think Rich Lowry put it best, that the “impression of Romney at this event is of someone who overheard some conservative cocktail chatter and maybe […]

Obama’s Libyan narrative

I think it was put best earlier this week when some columnist — I forget who — tweeted that you know things are bad when the Libyan president becomes more credible than the American president. The Obama administration asks us to believe that on September 11 — when there have already been protests at our […]

Poll: liberals now just fine and dandy with Guantanamo.

Meh, is this news? Is this not predictable? The liberal elite never really had a problem with internments, surveillance or assassination, so much as they had a problem with Bush and Cheney. Now that it’s their president, they seem to have forgotten all previous criticism with these programs. Indeed, Obama has diffused any election-year foreign […]

The year of the Hack.

Vanity Fair recently had a pair of thorough exclusives regarding what are to date the most severe, costly and intrusive cyber-attacks in history. Some of these hacks were conducted by the anarchist groups Anonymous and LulzSec, but the really disturbing facet of the articles regard the Chinese government allegedly orchestrating highly sophisticated and successful security […]

CIA drone killers a predictable irony.

In an article noting a gradual but measurable increase in CIA’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assassinate terrorists I was struck by how ironic, predictable and asinine was the criticism by human rights groups. [Wa. Post] About 20 percent of CIA analysts are now “targeters” scanning data for individuals to recruit, arrest or […]