July 24, 2013

A READER IN THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMUNITY SENDS THIS: Would Obama Use A Drone On Trayvon Martin? “It is striking to compare Obama’s deliberate and thoughtful commentary about the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin with the military tactic that will forever characterize his presidency: killing people with drones. The president posits that it is wrong to profile individuals based upon their appearance, associations, or statistical propensity to violence. By extension, he believes that, just because those characteristics may seem threatening to some, the use of lethal force cannot be justified as self-defense unless there are reasonable grounds to fear imminent bodily harm. But that very kind of profiling and a broad interpretation of what constitutes a threat are the foundational principles of U.S. ‘signature strikes’ — the targeted killings of unidentified military-age males.”

Obama doesn’t wait until somebody’s head is being pounded into the concrete, either.

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