It’s interesting to see the New York Times shamelessly admit to the Obama administration’s hypocrisy:
Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according to two administration officials.
The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6.
President Obama is fine with unfettered power to execute terrorists by drone, for himself. But the prospect of bequeathing that power to a Republican president is another matter entirely.
Contrast this with the Bush administration’s approach. President Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel developed rules governing the war on terror at the war’s outset, not three years later when he was facing possible defeat.