Monday, October 20, 2014
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Obama's power trip

Obama's power trip

I guess after President Obama's big inauguration, he's on the top of the world, looking down on creation.

But somebody should tell the president that this is not cool:

WASHINGTON — The United States military command in Africa is preparing plans to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.

I guess this just going to be our solution to every international problem going forward -- killer death machines? Where next? Why not Albania? -- it worked in the movies. Now, here's something even less cool:

FORT MEADE, Md. — The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel announcement. Mr. Fried’s office is being closed, and his former responsibilities will be “assumed” by the office of the department’s legal adviser, the notice said.

The announcement that no senior official in President Obama’s second term will succeed Mr. Fried in working primarily on diplomatic issues aimed at repatriating or resettling detainees appeared to signal that the administration does not currently see the closing of the Guantánamo Bay prison as a realistic priority, despite repeated statements that it still intends to do so.

I've said this several times before, but I noted last fall that America's best hope was a) defeat "Mr. 47 Percent" in November and b) start pressuring "Captain Drone" here to do the right thing, starting in January. It's time to put that plan into action.

 

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