Posted under Interventionism
So — some goons huddled in the darkened safety of a control room in California twiddle their joysticks as they stare at wide-screen monitors, push the “Fire!” button, and thousands of miles away, a drone launches a Hellfire rocket that scorches a convoy in Yemen. And I’m supposed to get misty-eyed and puffed up over this? From Fox News:
Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen early Friday morning by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike, marking the highest-profile takedown of a terror leader since the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound.
Fox News has learned that two Predator drones hovering above al-Awlaki’s convoy fired the Hellfire missiles which killed the terror leader. According to a senior U.S. official, the operation was carried out by Joint Special Operations Command, under the direction of the CIA.
Count me in with those who are not only unimpressed by this long-distance execution, but just a little worried about its wider implications.
Obama has not only expanded the president’s power to unilaterally declare war, but to eliminate enemies, citizen or no, at home or abroad, by executive order. Anwar al-Awlaki, whether we like it or not, was an American citizen with certain rights, including a right to a trial. Instead, he was snuffed by remote control. That’s something to cheer? Rather than making me think of how George Washington defeated Cornwallis, this makes me recall how Stalin got Trotsky.
The greatest enemies of our freedom lurk in the District of Corruption, not in the gritty back roads of Yemen. So this is one victory celebration I’ll have to pass up.