oh man alcohol
jaa ofuro ni hairismasu
what is this
I can deal with this another time not now the whiskey is in charge now
Following in a long line of things that President Obama is supposedly fundamentally morally opposed to that he does anyways, the New York Times has a lengthy new expose on the policy of targeted assassinations, with the revelation that the president has put himself at the center of the campaign.
Trying to jibe his putative claim to being a “liberal law professor” with his new self-appointed job of literally deciding who lives and who dies across the entire planet, the piece makes it seem that the policy is something the president is loath to carry out, with Tom Donilon saying he is “determined to keep the tether pretty short” on the program.
Which makes a great soundbite, but bears no resemblance to the policy, which transformed from extremely rare strikes restricted to the Pakistani border during the last years of the Bush Administration into a daily campaign of assassinating his perceived enemies across the planet, with the revelation that President Obama personally approves every single drone strike launched. That amounts to well over 1,000 killed since he took office, all but a handful never to be identified beyond the label of “suspect.”
It was President Obama who claimed the right to order the summary execution of American citizens abroad without ever charging them with a crime. This was carried out not only in the assassination of outspoken cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed on the claim that his sermons critical of US policy were “recruiting” terrorists, but also Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, who was never even accused of this sort of tenuous link to criminality.
Obama’s current kill list is still a closely guarded secret, but the article revealed that it contained several Americans, including an unidentified 17-year-old American girl that the president is hoping to knock off at some point. The best the article can conclude is that Obama’s past comments suggest he probably feels bad about ordering these killings, but that clearly isn’t stopping him.
I wonder if this is the sort of thing Obama hates doing, but believes that it’s the only way to “protect” this country. I also hate to say this, but I’m willing to bet that the Bin Laden raid wouldn’t have happened without this policy.
I’m not terribly concerned with the killing of American citizens specifically - the name on the passport makes no difference to me. But I think what really bothers me is the degree to which this military policy’s practical effects do not reach the general populace. Even with Iraq and Afganistan, soldiers came back with descriptions of what happened. In a sense, even if the press was largely complicit for a long time, we knew what the war looked like. This war, on the other hand, is an unknown. From what I’ve read, maybe the 2005 film Syriana is an accurate image.
If that’s true, I’m glad the president is personally choosing who goes on the Kill List. I’d rather it be all up to one man than some mid-level manager in the Pentagon.
This isn’t to say I support the policy at all - I disagree with it on a fundamental, moral level, much like I disagree with most American government policy (I left for a reason!) And I think I’ll leave it at that.
I just want to direct something right now, but I can’t think of anything to write, and I don’t have actors to shoot and I hate life.
I need money too
I can get by on no money if I’m doing a short (more than likely). And I even have all the equipment I should need minus lights, but that isn’t hard if you just use what’s available.
Community actors. Many are more than happy to do it for free. Is there a local theater group?
- figure out casting (tomorrow!)
- shoot the freaking movie
- find Nabe Kaoru and film her work
- write paper about Imamura/Oshima/Yoshida
- write 3/11 teachers paper
- ensure teacher participation for unfinished November plan
- buy tickets to NYC (Boston?)
- make a plan for the fall and winter