Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 11:08 am
"I think it's a good program and I don't disagree with the basic policy that the Obama administration has pursued."
Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:00 pm
The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.
Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 4:44 am
Update at 5:35 pm ET. Brennan on drones:
As senators questioned John Brennan, the nominee to head the CIA, one of the recurring themes was the broader impact of the lethal drone strikes.
Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, asked whether the Obama administration was killing terrorists who might otherwise be captured and interrogated.
Brennan insisted that it was always preferable to capture and question terrorists to gather intelligence, and he said lethal strikes were taken as a last resort.