David Aaronovitch has a fine column today on the case for and against the use by the US of drones in Pakistan, in The Times (pay wall). As a model of clarity in argument, he first disposes of the irrelevant clutter:
For the purpose of this important argument I will ignore the routine anti-Americans. Some of [...]
A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.
As Obama nears the end of his first term as President, Chris Pleasance says he has done little to live up to the terms of the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, his is a legacy of continued war, questionable drone strikes and pandering to hawkish neocons.
Clara Cullen thinks Obama’s drone strategy is a betrayal of all who supported him. In turn, the silence of all those who voted for “hope” and “change” is worrying; it suggests that the US liberal electorate would rather support Obama, who they perceive as a lesser political evil than his Republican adversaries, than actually questioning the political hypocrisy his foreign policy entails.
Politicians should no longer be allowed to hide behind words while trumpeting a free press.
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