Tag Archives: Predator Drones

The Most Under-Reported News of the Day: Pakistan Drone Strikes Could End

On Friday, this came down: The United States and Pakistan agreed Thursday to restart high-level talks on security and other issues, yet the two sides still deeply mistrust each other in a relationship frayed by disputes over issues like U.S. … Continue reading
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Does Rand Paul Support Using Drones to Kill American Citizens? Yes!

My Wednesday column: It must be difficult to be a Republican these days. Since 2009 we’ve witnessed an ongoing strategy by party leadership of taking the exact opposite position of the White House, regardless of whether the opposite position will … Continue reading
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Glenn Greenwald Opposes Ban on Drones

My Monday column begins like so: I’ll begin today’s column with a serious disclaimer: this is not an April Fools’ Day prank. By now, you’ve probably already stumbled onto three or four prank tweets and Facebook posts, not to mention … Continue reading
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The First Drone Ever

Via Katrina vandenHuevel: The drones now snooping over Afghanistan have a longer history than you might think. In 1916, a military scientist conceived of an “aerial torpedo” designed to be loaded with explosives and steered into the deadly Zeppelins on … Continue reading
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Alex Jones’ Latest: Obama is the Leader of Al-Qaida

My Thursday column: Remember the days when there were three television networks, when you could fill up your gas tank for $15 and when Guy Fieri was just a homophobic, talentless, annoyingly “stoked” tween named “Guy Ferry” rather than a … Continue reading
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Greenwald: ‘Drone Apologists’ and ‘Democratic Partisans’ Are Racists

My Tuesday column. Once again into the fray: Glenn Greenwald’s ongoing crusade against anyone who dares to see nuance in the debate over targeted killings and the war on terrorism has risen to a not-so-surprising new level. Namely, Americans who … Continue reading
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Fake Drone Alert

This popular photo of a Reaper drone, which I’ve unknowingly used on The Daily Banter multiple times? It’s a fake. A guy named Michael Hahn photoshopped it together and released it into the tubes. Here’s how. (via Ashby) Continue reading
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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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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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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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The Far-Right and Far-Left Conspiracy Nexus

Here’s Eric Bolling sounding similar to David Sirota (and others): Sirota, Greenwald and others think the president wants to spy on and “murder” American citizens for sport and conquest. And so does Eric Bolling — only Bolling hasn’t mentioned the … Continue reading

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Obama Is Totally Going to Kill Sirota

Fact: civilian casualties in war are evil, wrong, bad. But they’re sometimes an unintended reality. Fact: President Obama, or any future American president irrespective of party or ideology, will not order a drone strike against David Sirota. Ever. Ever. Ever. … Continue reading

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The Case for Drone Strikes

Oliver Willis wrote a sensible defense for liberal support for the use of predator drones. I don’t mind saying that I also support the careful use of drones for all the reasons Oliver wrote about, but — and this is … Continue reading

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