To Drone or Not to Drone

Reactions to the revelation that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, may have seriously considered launching a drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have predictably been divided along partisan lines.  Supporters of Donald Trump have seen it as one more strike (no pun intended) against a presidential candidate whose entire career of “public service” has been more concerned with her own glorification than with the American interest, though how that is different from the careers of almost every national politician of the last century or more, they have not bothered to explain.  Meanwhile, devotees of this real-life Madame Defarge, who has publicly admitted that there were no hard and fast rules in her State Department governing how the targets of drone strikes were chosen, have tried to dismiss the multiple sources of this story because they have chosen to remain anonymous, ignoring the fact that all were present at this very sensitive State Department meeting, which would mean that they were part of Secretary Clinton’s inner circle and would be among the limited staff of the State Department with the highest security clearances.  Revealing this information, even anonymously, not long before virtually everyone inside the Beltway, and certainly all those in Foggy Bottom, believes Mrs. Clinton will be elected the 45th president of these United States is tantamount to placing the future of one’s...

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