February 15, 2013
John O. Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee for heading the Central Intelligence Agency, stonewalled Congress during its hearing on his candidacy, which focused on drones - unmanned aircraft carrying surveillance equipment, some with missiles ("The law of drones," Feb. 11). The drone weapons system is mushrooming in the U.S., and it is beginning to get footholds in other countries as well. In addition, The Sun reported that Mr. Brennan refused to use the term, "torture," instead using the propagandistic, "enhanced interrogation.
February 9, 2013
An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "... is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team's views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or one of its allies. " The proviso is they must pose "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States. " If "an informed, high-level official" of the government decides they are a threat, the paper says, and if capture is not feasible, they may be killed.
October 25, 2012
The last debate ("Candidates trade foreign policy jabs," Oct. 23) demonstrated that Mitt Romney's approach is back to how George W. Bush lead this country - with fear of "imminent threat. " President Bush and Karl Rove lied to this country by using the tactic of "fear" to warrant a war. And now Mr. Romney is using this same fear factor to say that we need to spend more on the military and get ready for war. President Barack Obama, on the other hand, is using economic sanctions to prevent the need for another war. As for Mr. Romney's description of an "apology tour," I truly admire President Obama's ability to stay calm and level headed when in comes to foreign diplomacy.
March 8, 2012
The killing of an American-born al-Qaida leader by a drone strike in Yemen last year raised troubling questions about whether the government can legally target U.S. citizens abroad against whom it has presented no evidence and who have never been charged with a crime. This week, Attorney General Eric H. Holder appeared before Congress to assure members that such targeted killings are lawful, but it can't be said his arguments were entirely convincing. Mr. Holder claimed the Constitution gives the president authority to strike suspected terrorists anywhere in the world — including U.S. citizens — if he believes they represent an "imminent threat" to the nation's security.
January 4, 2012
After two letters in attempt to justify himself and the invasion of Iraq ("Iraq's chemical weapons stocks were well documented," Dec. 28, and "Did Saddam have WMDs before the U.S. invasion in 2003?" Jan. 2) I still can't figure out what Michael DeCicco is trying to say in regard to the astonishingly stupid decision to go to invade Iraq in 2003. Clearly American citizens were in no danger from Saddam's stockpiles of chemical weapons even if they had ever been found or used on U.S. soldiers (which they weren't)
September 17, 2008
During the Cold War, the United States had a clear, coherent, widely supported national security strategy that focused on containing and deterring Soviet communist expansion. In waging the war on terror, President Bush has embraced a strategy that calls for leveraging American military dominance with preventive military action. In an increasingly dangerous world, with al-Qaida reconstituting itself in South Asia and homegrown terrorists carrying out attacks in Europe and North Africa, it is appropriate for our presidential candidates to discuss the impact of this strategy on the security of the United States.