Source Document: White House defends drone attacks, ‘kill list’
A lengthy New York Times story that included interviews with more than 30 White House advisers and former advisers.
The interviews create a vivid account of weekly counter-terrorism meetings in the White House Situation Room in which officials review a list of targets for the remote-control drone planes, then the president personally signs off on who will get killed or captured.
Republicans and other critics say Obama has chosen to kill suspected terrorists rather than capture them, an approach they say was necessitated by his (Obama’s)failure to keep a campaign promise to craft a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said “Nearly three and a half years after announcing his intention to close Guantanamo prison, President Obama still hasn’t offered a plan to deal with the dangerous terrorists it holds.”