The Wall Street Journal recently reported on debates within the Obama administration about the legality of the drone war in Pakistan. State Department legal adviser Harold Koh, the former dean of Yale Law School and even more former darling of the left for his criticisms of the Bush administration’s aggressive theories of executive power, plays a prominent role in them. Koh apparently concluded that the drone war “veers near the edge” of illegality but does not quite tumble over it. That is a questionable judgment. The U.N. Charter permits countries to use military force abroad only with the approval
The predator drone strikes are illegal: not approved under intenational law, not approved by Pakistan, and not in response to an imminent threat to the U.S.
The civilian deaths are indiscriminate, not collateral. Tell me how that's different from murder.
And although the strikes are supposed to be against a very small splinter of "exztremists" or "militants," 97% of the population of Pakistan is against the drones, which means we are annihilating any goodwill we had there, and turning potential allies or neutrals into people who detest us.
As is only normal. If, say, Mexico were doing drone strikes on U.S. soil, and killing U.S. citizens by 5's, 6's, dozens a pop, wouldn't we hate Mexico?
The so-called "peace movement" seems to have given Obama a pass on this. Detestable.
Obviously a Yale law liberal quack; with that Obozo butt lip lock he could be a worthless communist czar like the other Harvard professor czar idiots Obozo has brought to Washington that have America in economic crisis ...
Unilaterally attacking a sovereign nation and killing its people with an American aircraft/ missiles; even if taking out the terrorist, is an act of war and makes Obozo a War criminal; just like when he attacked Libya which was no threat to America.. It is just a matter of time until terrorist countries have the technology to do the same to Obozo ..
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says he offered Scott Brown a free pass in the 2012 elections if the moderate GOP senator would back Democrats on a campaign-finance bill. "I went to Scott Brown and said, ´If you give us the 60th vote for the Citizens United rollback, we won´t go after you,´ " Schumer told The New Republic in an interview. "I spent a lot of time lobbying him, and met some of his friends and had them lobby him. He said yes. Then he said no. So I wanted to recruit the strongest candidate against him, and I thought that
NEW YORK CITY — The bill taxpayers will have to pay to protect Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly when he leaves office next month just got bigger. The NYPD´s Intelligence Division — with Kelly’s input — is recommending that Kelly take with him a 10-officer complement of taxpayer-funded bodyguards, up from the six-officer detail the commissioner had wanted last month. The detail will now include a lieutenant, three sergeants and six detectives to chauffeur and protect Kelly and his family around-the-clock in the Big Apple and even out of town after he ends his 12-year run atop Police Headquarters — at an estimated
It’s fitting that on the same day President Obama’s latest health-care offensive began, the Washington Post featured a story on its front page reporting that that healthcare.gov is making frequent enrollment errors affecting up to one-third of the people who have signed up for the health plans since October 1. The mistakes include failure to notify insurers about new customers; duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person; incorrect information about family members; and mistakes involving federal subsidies. This comes on top of the fact that we’ve learned that officials at the Department of Health and Human Services warned in
A handy companion piece to AP’s item from yesterday on Obama’s RCP job approval average dipping below 40 percent for the first time. You know what this presidency needs? More Obamacare speeches. Crash: Barack Obama’s overall job approval rating has fallen over the past year, and he gets low ratings for his handling of number of foreign policy issues. His job rating is below 40% for nine of 10 foreign policy issues tested, including his overall handling of the nation’s foreign policy….Views of Obama’s job performance in handling foreign policy issues are mostly on par with ratings of his performance
President Obama called for a few key measures to address income inequality in a speech on Wednesday. He wants a raise in the federal minimum wage and an extension of unemployment insurance — but the budget deal coming together in Congress won´t address those issues, according to a Politico report. House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan has a chance to get a victory, but it will be a small one. Politico reports, "those close to Ryan say they’re quietly confident that his imprimatur — and the desire to finally end a multiyear run of near constant budget and spending showdowns —
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Rick Perry isn’t fooling anybody. The cocksure Texas governor may have comfortably resisted taking the bait on a half-dozen questions about his 2016 presidential ambitions from reporters in this first-in-the-South primary state. “I just try to deflect as much 2016 conversation as I can,” he said Tuesday. “As I said, my focus is on 2014...” He may have even heaped unbridled praise on potential future rivals such as Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker as part of his ongoing cross-country campaign to trumpet the success of his colleagues. “Day in and day out, it is inarguable that the states that
On Tuesday afternoon, in yet another example of Barack Obama’s inability to start a presentation (much less a giant website) on time, the president defended the disastrous health care law that is colloquially named for him and asked for help to “spread the word” about the law’s purported benefits. Obama began with the usual liberal talking points: A broken health care system was creating “anxiety” (but liberals never admit that the system’s dysfunction is entirely the result of government regulation, and that Obamacare just exacerbates that problem. How much anxiety do people have about their auto insurance or renters insurance, i.e. products
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon