The Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

by Roger Koppl Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike today.  If you recognize the name Awlaki, then you know that he was bad guy.  He was a propagandist for Al Qaeda who seems to have inspired the Fort Hood shooting, in which Nidal Hassan killed 13 people.  He was also an American citizen, … Continue reading The Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

Time for a Truth Commission

by Roger Koppl London’s The Times reports on evidence suggesting “George W. Bush 'knew Guantánamo prisoners were innocent.'”  (HT: Radley Balko)  Supposedly, Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld were all in on it.  “The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to … Continue reading Time for a Truth Commission

That’s Evidence for What?!

by Gene Callahan I certainly don't mean to try to decide the "root causes of terrorism" in a blog post, but I just read an "analysis" of this issue that's so bad that, well, gosh darn it, I had to take up my pen (keyboard) and write (type). The article in question was written by … Continue reading That’s Evidence for What?!

Wishing for a Government that can Google

by Chidem Kurdas What do you want your government to do in the 2010s? The wish lists tend to be ambitious.  Here is one from Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf: “Somehow, we must manage to sustain a dynamic global economy, promote development, deliver environmental sustainability and ensure peaceful and co-operative international relations.” He adds, “This … Continue reading Wishing for a Government that can Google