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Obama's Principles and Will Create Kill List as Test for New York Times


By davidswanson - Posted on 29 May 2012

The New York Times chose this "terror Tuesday" to publish an article called "Secret 'Kill List' Proves a Test of Obama's Principles and Will," a bizarre article that never explains what Obama's principles or will are or even offers any evidence that Obama has any principles or will.

There is one section in which the authors point out that Obama went out of his way to sneak the despicable John Brennan into his White House despite Congressional opposition, and that none other than Harold "these bombs are not hostilities" Koh swears Brennan is a moral man. Perhaps we should assume that Brennan's morality oozes upward from his "cave-like office in the White House basement" since his support for Bush's crimes is redeemed by Koh who only supports Obama's crimes.

Early on the article refers to "American values," suggesting that Obama's royal dilemma has been to defend not his principles, but America's principles. The trouble, of course, is that the New York Times never explains what those are. This being the New York Times, one would naturally assume that wars and killing and lies about wars and killing form the core of those values, but this goes unstated.

Obama is depicted as "keeping the tether short" by personally deciding on each and every drone kill. And yet, despite this personal care and attention, Obama has dramatically increased drone kills. The New York Times writes that Obama's role of "personally overseeing the shadow war with Al Qaeda" is "without precedent in presidential history." This is either because whatever the "shadow war with Al Qaeda" is has been created by Obama, or it's because Bush let subordinate(s) oversee it. This meaningless claim immediately follows bragging about how many of Obama's advisers the New York Times interviewed in order to produce it, and yet somehow the underwhelmed reader is still left to simply guess what is supposed to be meant. Presumably it is that Obama has created a new form of murder.

In fact, Obama has created drone wars, and an insider picture of how he runs them is found at the end of the article:

"Every week or so, more than 100 members of the government's sprawling national security apparatus gather, by secure video teleconference, to pore over terrorist suspects' biographies and recommend to the president who should be the next to die. This secret 'nominations' process is an invention of the Obama administration, a grim debating society that vets the PowerPoint slides bearing the names, aliases and life stories of suspected members of Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen or its allies in Somalia's Shabab militia."

How do Obama's principles and will manifest themselves in this "due process" as he bestows it upon his victims? Well, according to the New York Times, he kills "without hand-wringing" and calls the decision to kill a U.S. citizen "an easy one." (Killing the same man's teenage son is so easy it goes unmentioned.) Obama is "a realist," who is "never carried away" by any campaign promises he may have made. He shrewdly maneuvers to keep in place Bush's powers of rendition, detention, and war, not to mention (and the New York Times doesn't) torture -- not to mention his huge leaps forward in formalizing and legitimizing those abuses.

Now, the New York Times does repeatedly claim that Obama is following "just war" theories, but such theories have always led to any desired interpretation, and the New York Times doesn't even hint at where it thinks they lead, or where it thinks Obama thinks they lead. The job of the Times, however, in its defense, is not to think.

After this observation,

"And in a recent interview, a senior administration official said that the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under Mr. Obama was in the 'single digits' — and that independent counts of scores or hundreds of civilian deaths unwittingly draw on false propaganda claims by militants,"

one might naively expect the New York Times to look into some of those independent counts. Instead, the New York Times finds some accaptable (i.e. U.S. government) skeptics to quote briefly before moving on:

"But in interviews, three former senior intelligence officials expressed disbelief that the number could be so low. The C.I.A. accounting has so troubled some administration officials outside the agency that they have brought their concerns to the White House. One called it 'guilt by association' that has led to 'deceptive' estimates of civilian casualties."

Much later in the article, the New York Times gets around to mentioning Obama's practice of targeting individuals without being able to identify them at all. This technique of "signature strikes" was recently expanded by Obama to Yemen.

The same article, despite this unanswered debate over who is being killed, gratuitously refers to drones as "a precision weapon."

Much earlier, we're told, with no evidence, that Obama's droning has "eviscerated Al Qaeda," even though the next sentence notes that the drone strikes have become Al Qaeda's best recruiting tool.

We're also told, with no evidence, that Obama has a "distaste for legislative backslapping and arm-twisting." Ha! Tell that to Democrats who tried to vote against military appropriations in 2009. Rarely has such vicious arm-twisting and extensive backslapping and rewarding been witnessed. How do we know that Obama doesn't have a "distaste" for pushing for only those measures that don't violate his principles? How do we know that murdering lots of people with high-tech equipment in great secrecy isn't perfectly in line with his principles? How can we be sure that isn't why he created it? And why should we care, as long as he's getting away with it, whether it has anything to do with his principles or not?

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THIS IS A TURNING POINT FOR THE AMERIKAN PEOPLE, EITHER SIDE WITH FASCISM OR SIDE WITH SOCIAL PARTIES.  ALL CLASS PARTIES AND THEIR CLASS IDEOLOGIES HAVE SHIFTED SO FAR TO THE RIGHT THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CHEERS ON AMERIKAN FASCISM, WHETHER IT IS THE FASCIST DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS.   THERE IS NO SOCIAL PRINCIPLE, OPEN IDEOLOGY AT WORK IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.   THEY HAVE EMRACED FASCIST EMPIRE, FASCIST FOREIGN POLICIES, FASCIST AUSTERITY, FASCIST CAPITALISM AND NOW HAVE EMBRACED ORWELLIAN, TOTALITARIAN, FASCIST LANGUAGE ........WHERE EVERYONE IS CALLED A "MILITANT", "TERRORIST", JUST AS ALL ANTI COLONIAL REVOLTS WERE LABELD "COMMUNISM", FALSELY CONFLATED WITH STALINIST TOTALITARANISM:



Obama Re-Defines "Militant" and the Media That Eats It Up


To avoid counting civilian deaths, Obama re-defined "militant" to mean "all military-age males in a strike zone"


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/05/29-7


EXCERPT:


"This morning, the New York Times has a very lengthy and detailed article about President Obama’s counter-Terrorism policies based on interviews with “three dozen of his current and former advisers.” I’m writing separately about the numerous revelations contained in that article, but want specifically to highlight this one vital passage about how the Obama administration determines who is a “militant.” The article explains that Obama’s rhetorical emphasis on avoiding civilian deaths “did not significantly change” the drone program, because Obama himself simply expanded the definition of a “militant” to ensure that it includes virtually everyone killed by his drone strikes. Just read this remarkable passage:



Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.


Counterterrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good. “Al Qaeda is an insular, paranoid organization — innocent neighbors don’t hitchhike rides in the back of trucks headed for the border with guns and bombs,” said one official, who requested anonymity to speak about what is still a classified program.


This counting method may partly explain the official claims of extraordinarily low collateral deaths. In a speech last year Mr. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s trusted adviser, said that not a single noncombatant had been killed in a year of strikes. And in a recent interview, a senior administration official said that the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under Mr. Obama was in the “single digits” — and that independent counts of scores or hundreds of civilian deaths unwittingly draw on false propaganda claims by militants.


But in interviews, three former senior intelligence officials expressed disbelief that the number could be so low. The C.I.A. accounting has so troubled some administration officials outside the agency that they have brought their concerns to the White House. One called it “guilt by association” that has led to “deceptive” estimates of civilian casualties.


“It bothers me when they say there were seven guys, so they must all be militants,” the official said. “They count the corpses and they’re not really sure who they are.”....."


 


OBAMA IS A GLOBAL STATE TERRORIST, WAR CRIMINAL AND THE U.N. SHOULD PROSECUTE HIS FASCIST ARSE ALONGSIDE BUSH AND ISRAELI/NATO  NAZIS.

ANSWER:  YES, HE ALREADY HAS, NO DUE PROCESS, ONLY FASCIST , CRIMINAL RESPONSES TO ARAB AMERIKANS WHO WERE MURDERED BY HIM!!!!

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