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Friday, October 21, 2011

For Obama, Some Vindication of Approach to War


“Mr. Obama, his aides say, has long tried to balance a willingness to intervene in cases of mass atrocities with a reluctance to be drawn into large-scale combat. Last week, for example, he ordered 100 armed military advisers to Uganda, where they will help regional forces fight the Lord’s Resistance Army, a renegade group that has raped and murdered villagers in central Africa. . . .

Left unsaid was another central element of Mr. Obama’s war-fighting strategy: a shadowy string of drone bases, where the United States sends out unmanned aircraft to hunt suspected terrorists like Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Qaeda propagandist, who was killed last month in Yemen.”  (New York Times)

Left unsaid because it’s easier to take warfare all over the world when nobody’s watching.

FEE Timely Classic

Lawless Government” by Sheldon Richman