The Economist on wasting bad bastards with drones

There are a lot of people overly concerned about drone strikes against bad bastards. But it is clear from polling and opinion makers that drone attacks on Wogistanis in Wogistan are OK according to the American public despite the best efforts of the media to turn people against drone strikes.

There is an urgent need for better oversight of America’s war on terror. Conservatives are well placed to provide that oversight, because most Democrats are disinclined to criticise Mr Obama in public over his use of drones, secret detentions and intelligence sharing with legally dodgy foreign agencies.

If done properly, such oversight would be hard work and politically risky, because many ordinary Americans seem not that fussed about vapourising suspected Islamic extremists in far-away countries. Ignore the praise for Mr Paul this week. He has proved nothing about the right’s appetite for such hard, risky work, and shown instead a movement excited by any chance to rally round a popular cause, and feel good about itself.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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