Tuesday March 15, 2016
Consider the following two headlines during the past three weeks:
“U.S. Strike Kills ‘150 al-Shabaab Terrorists’ in Somalia” (March 7, The Telegraph)
“49 Killed in U.S. Airstrike Targeting Terrorists in Libya” (February 20, CNN)
The reason for the Somalia killings? US officials say that the 150 dead people were terrorists who were planning to carry out an attack in Somalia.
The reason for the Libya killings? US officials say that the 49 dead people were ISIS terrorists.
Now, let’s just take US officials at their word. Let’s assume that all the people they killed were terrorists who were planning to carry out attacks in Somalia and Libya.
Questions naturally arises: What business is that of the US government? Under what constitutional authority does the US national-security establishment kill people with impunity overseas? How do we really know that they were guilty? What impact will those killings have on the American people, especially in terms of terrorist retaliation?