It wasn’t until I read the New York Times piece about Pres. Obama personally culling through the list of those on America’s kill list that I even realized this country had a kill list.
Yes, I continue to marvel at my own naivete. Not to sound like too much of a dolt, I did know about the Authorization of Use of Military Force, which is often cited as a justification to target enemies who have engaged in or provided assistance in terrorism against this country. AUMF, as you recall, was put in place following 9/11.
The Times reporters explain that the president actually picks every target of focused drone attacks, assisted by a group of national security advisors and aides. In its own opinion piece, even the Times feels that such a list gives the president of this country far too much power.
Beyond the concern over the scope of presidential power is the basic morality of the existence of the kill list in the first place. Some wonder if the scope of the kill list is boundry-less and could justify the targeting of just about anyone.
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