Obama Creates Drone Rules, Exempts CIA Drone Attacks from Rules

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration today announced the completion of a detailed counterterrorism playbook establishing clear rules for drone operations. Among the major tenants of the manual is the fact that CIA targeted-killing drone operations in Pakistan will be exempt from these rules. “War has changed and it’s vital that as we move forward, we follow rules of engagement that reflect our…

Obama Playing ‘Real Long’ Game, Vows Not to Back Down Once He Leaves Office

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WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the ‘fiscal cliff’ accord deal reached by Congress, Obama once again came under withering criticism by the liberal wing of his party, who complained that it was another instance of the President caving when he held almost all the cards. The president, clearly stung by this critique, held an impromptu press conference yesterday and defended his…