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The Presidentís Kill List

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 3:40 p.m. MDT

Amy Davidson writes in the New Yorker about trusting in the office of the Presidency:

What is wrong with the President sitting in a room, looking at lists and portraits of people — a Somali man, a seventeen-year-old girl, an American citizen — and deciding whom to kill? That, according to long and troubling articles in both the Times and Newsweek, is a job Barack Obama has assigned himself. His aides, notably John Brennan, his counter-terrorism adviser, portray it as a matter of taking responsibility — if we are going to assassinate someone, or call in a drone strike to take out a camp in Yemen, the President should make the call — as if our only alternative were some sort of rogue operation, with generals or C.I.A. agents shooting at will. But responsibility involves accountability, which is something, in this case, that appears to be badly lacking. Obama has not taken on a burden, but instead has given the Presidency a novel power.

Read more about The President's Kill List on The New Yorker.

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