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Foreign policy incompetence; further opinion on President Obama as “Executioner in Chief”

[Please check back for updates.] See The Trenchant Observer, “More news and opinion on President Obama as ‘Executioner in Chief,’” June 3, 2012 (Updated June…


More news and opinion on President Obama as “Executioner in Chief”

From: A Man for All Seasons (1966) William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law! Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would…


President Obama as “Executioner in Chief”

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” –Lord Acton (1834-1902) SOURCES Jo Becker and Scott Shane, “Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of…


U.S. State Department Releases “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011” (with video)

Today, May 24, 2012, three months after the statutory deadline of February 25, the State Department finally released its annual report on the human rights…


Obama’s New Year’s Resolutions for Foreign Policy in 2012

The Observer has been trying to get inside President Obama’s head for over two years. Recently, he may have succeeded, or had a very strange…


Drone Attacks and Other “Targeted Killings” — State Department Legal Adviser Invokes International Law Limits

On September 19, 2011, Charlie Savage reported in the New York Times that, The Defense Department’s general counsel, Jeh C. Johnson, has argued that the…



Update: Torture, The STL in Lebanon, and Obama’s “Way Forward” in Afghanistan

Today we introduce a new feature in The Trenchant Observer, an occasional column commenting on some of the more important events of the previous weeks…


Bin Laden and the Debate Over Torture–Revived

Some former U.S. officials responsible for torture under the Bush administration have claimed that the trail to Bin Laden was uncovered by the use of…