In defense of Obama's drone war<quoted text>
Oblama continues his illegal murders abroad with drone strikes, when will he be tried, convicted and executed?
By Charles Krauthammer
1. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of enemies abroad? What criteria justify assassination?
Answer:(a) imminent threat, under the doctrine of self-defense, and (b) affiliation with Al Qaeda, under the laws of war.
2. But Awlaki was no ordinary enemy. He was a U.S. citizen. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of an American? Where's the due process?
Answer: Once you take up arms against the United States, you become an enemy combatant, thereby forfeiting the privileges of citizenship and the protections of the Constitution, including due process. You retain only the protection of the laws of war -- no more and no less than those of your foreign comrades-in-arms.
3. Who has the authority to decide life and death targeting?
In war, the ultimate authority is always the commander in chief and those in the lawful chain of command to whom he has delegated such authority.
This looks troubling. Obama sitting alone in the Oval Office deciding what individuals to kill. But how is that different from Lyndon Johnson sitting in his office choosing bombing targets in North Vietnam?
Moreover, we firebombed entire cities in World War II. Who chose? Commanders under the ultimate authority of the president. No judicial review, no outside legislative committee, no secret court, no authority above the president.
OK, you say. But today's war is entirely different: no front line, no end in sight.
So what? It's the jihadists who decided to make the world a battlefield and to wage war in perpetuity. Until they abandon the field, what choice do we have but to carry the fight to them?
....Now, for those who believe that the war on terror is not war but law enforcement,(a) I concede that they will find the foregoing analysis to be useless and (b) I assert that they are living on a different and distant planet.
For us earthlings, on the other hand, the case for Obama's drone war is clear. Pity that his Justice Department couldn't make it.
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