Barack Obama is big on the use of drone attacks on those he deems fit to receive them. In March of 2010 State Department legal adviser Harold Koh offered this defense of the use of drone missile attacks.
Some have suggested that the very use of targeting a particular leader of an enemy force in an armed conflict must violate the laws of war. But individuals who are part of such an armed group are belligerent and, therefore, lawful targets under international law…. Some have challenged the very use of advanced weapons systems, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, for lethal operations. But the rules that govern targeting do not turn on the type of weapon system involved, and there is no prohibition under the laws of war on the use of technologically advanced weapons systems in armed conflict — such as pilotless aircraft or so-called smart bombs — so long as they are employed in conformity with applicable laws of war…. Some have argued that the use of lethal force against specific individuals fails to provide adequate process and thus constitutes unlawful extrajudicial killing. But a state that is engaged in armed conflict or in legitimate self-defense is not required to provide targets with legal process before the state may use lethal force.
“…a state that is engaged in armed conflict or in legitimate self-defense is not required to provide targets with legal process before the state may use lethal force.”
Hold that thought. Now for a side splitter.
In a recent essay George Soros wrote:
“I have made it a principle to pursue my self-interest in my business, subject to legal and ethical limitations, and to be guided by the public interest as a public intellectual and philanthropist,” he wrote. “If the two are in conflict, the public interest ought to prevail,” he said.
Right. The public interest ought to prevail. In Soros’ hands, it most certainly has not. Soros has brought misery to England and Thailand, betting against the currencies of each nation and pocketing a fortune each time.
Soros also says “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States” and has efforts underway to take control of the Secretaries of State offices and take control of the judiciary.
And he pretty much owns Media Matters.
In February Soros claimed that Barack Obama had lost control of the economic agenda in the US.
Republicans “are going to pursue a very strong effort to cut services by refusing to have any tax increases,” Soros said in an interview with CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program.
“This agenda will be successful,” though it will be “more directed at cutting services and achieving the ideological purposes of the Republicans rather than to get the economy going,” Soros, 80, said, according to a transcript of the interview released by CNN. “This will have a negative impact on the economy.”
Bear in mind that this is the person who wants the dollar to fail and is attempting to take control of critical parts of the government.
Ironically, Soros was supposedly all for hedge fund regulation. Then when such regulation was instituted, Soros took steps to evade the new regulations.
“It appears that Mr. Soros talked up financial reform only to sell it short,” Shelby told Reuters in a statement. “Don’t be surprised to see his fellow Wall Street financiers follow suit. They’ll use their political clout and legal muscle to sidestep Dodd-Frank, while their smaller competitors and businesses take the hit.”
It appears that FrankenDodd, the authors of the impotent new law, provided a significant loophole that a cynical person might see as designed specifically for Soros.
The exemption allows family offices not only to avoid the registration requirements, but also to dodge a greater disclosure burden that requires big fund managers to turn over confidential data to help the SEC police systemic risk.
This makes the FrankenDodd law even more a joke than Curt has already noted.
So let’s put this all together.
George Soros wants to cause the dollar to decline, he evades regulations, he sees the US as the main obstruction to his New World Order and is attempting to seize control of critical portions of the government. It seems to me that putting an end to this constitutes a “legitimate self-defense.” Soros is no less an enemy of the US than is Moammar Gaddafi, and this is no less in the interest of national defense. More so, actually.