Monday, 23 April 2012

Petraeus and the Signature of U.S. Terror

Greg Miller of the Washington Post reports on the White House debate about CIA director David Petraeus’ request for a homicidal escalation of the CIA drone war in Yemen.

It seems Petraeus and his allies in the current inter-agency debate do not want to be constrained by a list. They calculate if the U.S. slaughters a particular crowd of people at an al-Qaida funeral, they are sure to kill men plotting to attack the United States. The logic, if not the morality, is persuasive: If you kill the certainly innocent, you will also get some of the presumably guilty.

This is also the logic of terrorism, which is one reason why the defenders of “signature strikes” prefer that their names not be published in the Washington Post
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http://www.salon.com/2012/04/19/petraeus_and_the_signature_of_u_s_terror/singleton/


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2012.]

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