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Murder for Hire

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 8:46 PM
As to the targeting of individuals: The purpose is to reduce enemy capabilities and render them as harmless as possible. How much does his or her death advance that cause? Operative example: This is World War Two; You are an OSS sniper in Germany. You are at a public event. On the stage are Hitler himself, Heydrich, his even more thuggish heir and a decent soldier named Erwin Rommel. You can get off two quick rounds, so of the three whom do you shoot? Answer you shoot Rommel twice just to make sure. Fuherers and their heirs are a dime a dozen. First-rate Field Marshalls are hard to find. End of lesson.

I am a fan of the Central Intelligence Agency. More precisely, I am a fan of the officers and analysts who, along with uniformed service members and Foreign Service Officers, are at the dangerous, too often deadly, pointy end of the sword in promoting American foreign policy as enunciated by the President.

Whomever the President happens to be.

A book about the CIA's drone program will be published tomorrow and a harrowing excerpt was published over the weekend in the New York Times.

According to the New York Times correspondent (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Mark Mazzetti, the mechanism by which the...