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John Brennan: The debate over drones | The Economist

To kill or not to kill?  Seems to be the question for a post cold war America that struggles to find a useful venue and vehicle for its newly found monolithic world power status and the ways in which that lonely status make it an irresistible target for any group looking to be taken seriously and seeking a megaphone for its cause.

No one is raising the important issue of how simple and relatively inexpensive it might be to deploy this drone technology against the US and its allies.  It seems logical that drone technology would be simpler and cheaper to create and deploy than a nuclear weapon, or a so called “dirty bomb.”  So, what is really at stake here might be who is angry at the US and why?  How can the US justify unilaterally searching out its defined enemies and taking them out gangster style no matter national sovereignty or international law.

The London Economist tackles this issue in a straightforward way yet with a focus and a lens that seems a bit ideologically myopic and perhaps a bit nostalgic for the cowboy days of George W.  

You be the judge:

“T WAS so much simpler when George W. Bush was president. Outlining America’s plans for Osama bin Laden a few days after the September 11th attacks in 2001, Mr Bush declared: “there’s an old poster out West, I recall, that says, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.” For all those at home and abroad made uncomfortable by sweeping assertions of American power it was a moment of predictable provocation. Without surprise, they heard a swaggering Republican president vowing to make his country’s attackers pay, and seeming to pay no more heed to legal niceties than a cowboy bent on a lynching.

Yet 12 and a half years later, the cautious, lawyerly Barack Obama—a Democratic president with nothing of the…”

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Neocons Slither Back – NYTimes.com

PAUL RYAN has not sautéed in foreign policy in his years on Capitol Hill. The 42-year-old congressman is no Middle East savant; till now, his idea of a …

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U.S. Defense Officials Say Obama Reviewing Military Options in Syria – NYTimes.com

President Obama has asked the Pentagon for military options on Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the Senate on Wednesday. But both General Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the administration still believed that …

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International Court Faces Key Test on Libyan Captives – NYTimes.com

The brewing conflict over the fate of two high-ranking Libyan figures — Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, once Libya’s heir apparent, and Abdullah Senussi, the former intelligence chief — is not only a test for the …

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The Role of the U.S. in the World – Pew Research Center

While Americans hold disparate views on how the U.S. should pursue its military and foreign policy, these issues generally do not represent the deepest divides across the subgroups of Republican, Democratic and independents identified in the political typology study released in May of this year by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

The Role of the U.S. in the World

Reflecting the current focus on domestic economic issues, 58% of the public say we should pay less attention to problems overseas and instead concentrate on problems here at home, while 33% say it is best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs. Six years ago, 49% of people said we should concentrate on problems at home and 44% supported being active in world affairs.

via Daily Number: The Role of the U.S. in the World – Pew Research Center.

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Conflict mediation: Privatising peace | The Economist

A SMART golf course hotel in southern Norway is not where you would expect to bump in to a couple of Afghan Taliban. But at the Oslo Forum Network of Mediators no one batted an eyelid. For once, an earnest discussion on “Talking to the Taliban”—scheduled on June 23rd, the day after Barack Obama announced he would be pulling 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan by next year—actually meant talking to …

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‘Juan Valdez’ brings his love of coffee and iconic stature to Smithsonian Folklife Festival – The Washington Post

The man in the white hat with the striped poncho folded neatly over his left shoulder steps iconically among coffee trees growing this week near the Washington Monument on the Mall. He probes the green, marble-size fruit with thick, nimble fingers. The fruit will turn cherry red when it ripens, he says, as though the fate of nations and human happiness …

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For Cubans in America, Home No Longer Seems So Far Away – NYTimes.com

Alejandrina Hernández packed only light clothes and a makeup bag when she flew here from Miami this spring. As always, she kept her baggage to …

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Peru election: Leftist Humala claims victory in Peru presidential election – latimes.com

Ollanta Humala, a leftist former army officer, claimed victory late Sunday in Peru’s tense and divisive presidential election after partial returns showed him defeating the …

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Is Obama above the law? – The Washington Post

The U.S. intervention in Libya’s civil war, intervention that began with a surplus of confusion about capabilities and a shortage of candor about objectives, is now taking a …

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