As NEWSWEEK reported last summer, President Bush approved more relaxed rules of engagement for U.S. forces along the Afghan-Pakistan border. The Pentagon once required “90 percent” confidence on the part of intelligence agencies that a “high-value target” was present before approving Predator strikes inside Pakistan. Under the revised rules, U.S. officials on the ground now need only 50 to 60 percent confidence to shoot at compounds suspected of sheltering foreign fighters, according to knowledgeable U.S. sources who would speak of sensitive matters only anonymously.
Obama will be responsible for killing people in the next four years, too. Here’s hoping* that he’s a more thoughtful human being about it than Bush.
*For the world’s sake, not his. I suspect that the more thoughtful a human you are about that aspect of the job, the more you will personally suffer for it.