According to reports from the Associated Press, John Brennan has now seized the lead in choosing who will be targeted for drone attacks and raids and Obama has delegated him the sole authority to designate people for assassination under the United States top-secret assassination program.
Well, there it is again.
Life and art ( 1969 movie The Assassination Bureau) mixing and matching.
John O. Brennan (born September 22, 1955) is chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; officially his title is Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President. Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation. Interestingly enough, the Irishman speaks Arabic fluently
Speaking before Congress, David Kilcullen said that U.S. Predator drone strikes in Pakistan had killed 14 al Qaeda leaders and 700 Pakistani civilians. “The drone strikes are highly unpopular,” he said. “They are deeply aggravating to the population. And they’ve given rise to a feeling of anger that coalesces the population around the extremists and leads to spikes of extremism. … The current path that we are on is leading us to loss of Pakistani government control over its own population.”
This led Commentary’s Noah Pollack to observe:
…imagine that Israel had been conducting a Predator drone war over the past few years that had killed 14 Hezbollah leaders and 700 Lebanese civilians. Is there any chance that this would not be a constant source of global hysteria? (emphasis added)And so, as far as the U.S.’s drone war is concerned, I have a few questions: Where are the shrill denunciations of disproportionate force and extrajudicial killings? Where are the UN investigations? Where are the condemnations from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the UN Human Rights Council? Where are the front-page New York Times exposes of American war crimes? Where are the indictments of U.S. officials by European judges? Why hasn’t Pat Buchanan compared the United States to the Nazis?…Why isn’t anybody detailing the outrageously disproportionate force the Army is employing against a group of rural tribesmen armed only with RPG’s and rifles?
All of this reminds me of another movie…..
LIGHT IS ON!