Let the Drones Begin

By: Monday November 1, 2010 5:03 am

Fresh off exempting Yemen from any sanctions for its use of child soldiers and partly in response to this week’s attempted package bombings, the government appears to be ready to let the CIA start operating drones in Yemen. Allowing the U.S. military’s Special Operations Command units to operate under the CIA would give the U.S. [...]

The Boys of War

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 6:14 pm

One more boy got dragged into the horror of our country’s war on terror today: Tanner Speer, the 8 or 9 year old son of Christopher Speer, whose death Omar Khadr confessed to. Tanner’s mother read a note the boy wrote for (I think) Memorial Day. “Omar Khadr should go to jail because of the [...]

“Profound Equities with Yemen in Terms of Counter-Terrorism” Justify Child Soldiers?

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 7:26 am

As the prosecutors in Omar Khadr’s sentencing hearing try to undercut the testimony of a defense witness who believes Khadr can be rehabilitated, not least because of his age, an anonymous White House official justifies to Josh Rogin Obama’s decision to undercut a law prohibiting the government from funding countries that use child soldiers. As [...]

The Same Day US Gets Guilty Plea from Child Soldier, It Exempts Yemen and Others from Restrictions on Using Child Soldiers

By: Tuesday October 26, 2010 11:36 am

The asshole in charge of shredding our Constitution has a really sick sense of humor. Yesterday, the same day the government got Omar Khadr to plead guilty to crimes that aren’t crimes that occurred when he was a child, Obama issued this memorandum. By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and [...]

Funny How All Those Peace Negotiations Seem to Fail…

By: Monday August 23, 2010 6:22 am

Dexter Filkins confirms today something that had been suggested in earlier reporting: Pakistan cooperated in our capture of Abdul Ghani Baradar in January to disrupt peace talks in Afghanistan. Now, seven months later, Pakistani officials are telling a very different story. They say they set out to capture Mr. Baradar, and used the C.I.A. to [...]

I’ll Take Choice “C:” Civil Society

By: Sunday August 15, 2010 5:55 am

Barely expressed in the NYT’s long story about our use of paramilitary strikes in places we’re not officially at war is a conflict between three choices. The NYT piece describes the first two–a covert war run by CIA and briefed to Congress, or a covert war run by JSOC subject less oversight–as the choice the [...]

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