The Drone Question Obama Hasn’t Answered

"…sweeping financiers into the group of people who can be killed in armed conflict stretches the laws of war beyond recognition. But this is not the only stretch the Obama administration seems to have made. The administration still hasn’t disavowed its stance, disclosed last May in a New York Times article, that military-age males killed in a strike zone are counted as combatants absent explicit posthumous evidence proving otherwise.”

This is the same administration, remember, that told Congress the War Powers Resolution did not apply to Libya because what U.S. aircraft were engaged in there did not constitute “hostilities.” These are prevarications far more consequential than Bill Clinton’s “it depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.

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