Bush double standard
on ‘targeted killings’?

By Les Kinsolving

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At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked principal deputy presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about the U.S. use of “targeted killings” in light of administration policy that demands Israel refrain from such action.

On Nov. 4, a senior al-Qaida leader was killed in an attack by a missile launched from a U.S. pilotless drone aircraft over Yemen.

WND: Scott, the Weekly Standard quotes the State Department spokesman as saying on March the 8th of this year, “We’ve made clear that actions like targeted killings [by Israel] need to be halted now.” And my question, is that State Department statement in accordance with Bush policy, or was it wrong, and should the State Department retract and apologize? And I have a follow-up.

MCCLELLAN: Gosh, Les, I’d have to go back and look at the specific statement before I would want to do that. I would want to do that before I jump into that.

WND: When our Predator aircraft targeted a Hellfire missile that killed al-Qaida leader Abu Ali in Yemen, was that acceptable for us to do it, but not acceptable for Israel to do it?

MCCLELLAN: Les, I think that this issue was addressed last week and was addressed on the weekend shows, as well, by administration officials. I don’t think I have anything to add to it.

WND: I’d love to hear from you, as an administration official – what’s the story here? Is the State Department wrong, or is this – what is our policy? I’d like to hear it from you.

MCCLELLAN: The war on terror, as we’ve been talking about, is being fought on many fronts. And the president has directed our government to work to help us track down the killers and trained terrorists all across the globe.

WND: And give them hellfire. But the Israelis, we don’t want them to do it, is that right?

MCCLELLAN: I’m not getting into discussions. I’m telling you –

WND: – don’t want a discussion.

MCCLELLAN: I’m not getting into discussions on operational issues that we’ve previously addressed, as well.


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