By Paul Pillar
The National Interest
January 24, 2013
Remember also, the deadliest of the gangsters, the old nasties, the ones we do not hear about since all media focus is on the Italians, was a group known as Murder Inc, all top level Jewish mobsters considered by most Jews to be “good Jewish boys” in their own community.
Writing this kind of manual, however, has another side.It represents the institutionalization of worldwide assassinations as a regular, ongoing business of the United States government.
The Talmud Terrorist ~ drawn by a Jew
Lest we forget, it was not all that long ago that Americans and their presidents considered assassinations sufficiently contrary to American values that we should rule them out, as Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan all did by executive order.
Regarding morality, since this was originally a matter of consistency with American values, have our values really changed that much?
It is also interesting that this soon-to-be-completed document is referred to as a “playbook.”
Similarly, having a playbook on assassinations sounds like it is apt to be a useful guide for making the quick decision whether to pull the trigger on a Hellfire missile when a suspected terrorist is in the sights of a drone.
By routinizing and institutionalizing a case-by-case set of criteria, there is even the hazard that officials will devote less deliberation than they otherwise would have to such larger considerations because they have the comfort and reassurance of following a manual.