President Obama Briefly Worried That His Unaccountable, Murderous Power Might Fall Into Republican Hands Reply

From Reason
by Matt Welch

Drone aftermath in PakistanThe first 61 words of this chilling and banal
New York Times
article
are a perfect distillation of how grotesque power
appears in the eye of Americans who wield it:

Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a
second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks
before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted
killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new
president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according
to two administration officials.

The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6.

A reminder to most Democrats who spent 2002-08 telling us that
abuse of executive
power
was at or near the top of the nation’s most urgent moral
concerns: You just didn’t mean it.

Continued

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