Tag Archives: Drones

Blaming Eric Holder for Rand Paul’s Words

As you might recall, I flipped out on Greenwald and law professor Ryan Goodman for attacking Eric Holder for a phrase that was coined by Rand Paul: “engaged in combat.” Quick recap — Paul asked Holder whether the president had … Continue reading
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The Most Terrifying Drone Ever! Run Away!

My Wednesday column begins like so: When I began the day, I promised myself I wasn’t going to write about drones or Glenn Greenwald or the war on terrorism again, mainly because I’ve written four consecutive posts on the topic … Continue reading
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My Continuing Adventures in the Drone Debate

My rather lengthy Monday column begins like so: Over the weekend, I spent several hours debating the overlapping topics of drones, the war on terror, Eric Holder, Rand Paul and, yes, semantics with Glenn Greenwald on Twitter. Not shockingly, several … Continue reading
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Quote of the Morning

Dear Senator Paul: It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The … Continue reading
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Holder’s Letter to Rand Paul

It’s embarrassing that we live in a world where Eric Holder has to spell it out in small words that the president isn’t going to drone you while you’re at the buffet or sipping your lattes, but that’s exactly what … Continue reading
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Is Rand Paul Still Your Hero?

Watch Rand Paul agree with Eric Holder less than 24 hours after his 13 hour filibuster. On what constitutes an imminent threat: “Anybody bringing a weapon to a place, assembling a weapon, using a weapon…” What Eric Holder has enunciated, … Continue reading
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And, No. Drones Will Not Kill You While You Drink Coffee at Starbucks.

Here’s the centerpiece of my Thursday column: In a senate hearing yesterday, far-right Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Eric Holder about his letter to Rand Paul, repeatedly asking Holder if he thought it was constitutional to use a drone to … Continue reading
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No. Holder Didn’t Say Obama Can Use Drones To Kill Citizens on American Soil.

My Wednesday column begins like so: As I’ve written before, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to carry on a rational discussion about the use of lethal force against enemy combatants born in the U.S., as well as the use of drones … Continue reading
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I Evidently Have to Scream ‘Baby Killer!’ or I’m an Obamabot

My Monday column begins like so: The harshest critics of my column, “No, President Obama Is Not ‘Worse Than Bush’ on National Security,” posted both here at The Daily Banter and on The Huffington Post, were anti-Obama screechers to my … Continue reading
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Ted Nugent Accuses Liberals of Hypocrisy on Drones

Nugent in his new Wingnut Daily column: Imagine for a moment if the tables were turned and a Republican president had issued an order that permitted the killing of American citizens with drones. The country would go gonzo. Liberals would … Continue reading
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Frustrating Poll of the Day

Ugh. A majority of voters believe President Obama has been no better than his immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, when it comes to balancing national security with the protection of civil liberties, according to a new poll for The … Continue reading
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No, Obama Is Not ‘Worse Than Bush’ on National Security

My Monday column: Just when I thought it was safe to carry on a conversation on the left about various Obama administration policies, the phrases “same as Bush” or “worse than Bush” have skulked back into popular use thanks to … Continue reading
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This Is Not An Effective Argument

From my perspective, this single photograph, which depicts a member of Code Pink holding up a sign that reads “Don’t drone me, bro” while interrupting the confirmation hearing of John Brennan, somehow encapsulates much of opposition to the drone program. … Continue reading
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U.S. Citizens as Enemy Combatants in World War II

This popped up in my Twitter feed via Driftglass: There were some US citizens who were members of the Waffen-SS, but no unit made up of American volunteers was ever raised (despite some claims about an “American Free Corps” or … Continue reading
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There’s Evidently No Room for Nuance on Drones

My Thursday column: They say if you move far enough to the left, you end up on the right. As such, throughout the last four or five years I’ve witnessed this phenomenon on way too many occasions, the most recent … Continue reading
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It’s Time to End the War or Regulate the Drones

My Wednesday column should generate some discussion, as I attempt to add — gasp! — nuance to the drone debate: Contrary to what some readers might think, I haven’t categorically supported President Obama’s predator drone program. I haven’t furiously opposed … Continue reading
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“A Drone-Obsessed Killing Machine”

Really. It’s an unlikely source. Drum isn’t usually this, well, nonsensical. I just finished reading Daniel Klaidman’s Kill or Capture, a book about the evolution of Barack Obama’s national security policy during the first three years of his administration. It’s … Continue reading

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