T-Nehisi Coates is doing his stint as the liberal of the day at the Times, and after celebrating Obama’s political toughness, he turns to the killings of the al-Awalaki family and concludes with this:
During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama earned the G.O.P.’s mockery. Now he has earned their fear. It is an ambiguous feat, accomplished by going to the dark side, by walking the G.O.P.’s talk, by becoming the man Dick Cheney fashioned himself to be.
I believe he’s referring to one of the men behind the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, not to mention thousands of our troops, in Iraq. That’s the equivalency we draw from the deaths of the al-Awalakis?
Am I the only person who sees the drone missions as an extension of the kinds of “law enforcement operations” that were contemplated by John Kerry and ridiculed by the likes of Cheney? I could fill up pages of this blog with doubts, questions, disgust and other criticism of our use of drones, but I don’t think I could ever equate it to Iraq or even Afghanistan. But maybe I’m missing something here.