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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:35 AM

7. Greenwald manages, as usual, to shed no real light whatsoever on a messy political problem: namely,

what is the appropriate response to warfare conducted by non-state organizations?

That warfare presents a serious political problem for the United States is clearly shown by the fact that, there has been no official declaration of war by Congress since late 1941, though the US has engaged in military operations regularly around the world since then, and some of those operations have been prolonged and substantial. The Vietnam and Iraq wars are merely the most extensive and costly examples of this Congressional preference to defer to the Executive

The 9/11 attacks complicated the problem considerably. It would have been preferable to pursue the perpetrators criminally. But conservative ideologues were determined to strengthen Executive powers, so engaged in an extensive propaganda campaign to describe the President under all circumstances as Commander-in-Chief and to promote a widespread war to consolidate those powers. The political effects are still with us, as rightwingers in Congress have repeatedly blocked attempts to try persons held at Guantanamo in civilian courts and under civilian law: thus, the military model of response to warfare conducted by non-state organizations still has significant political force. And actions by the prior administration, allegedly in response to 9/11, also obviously caused long-term damage at an international level

Further successful attacks within the US by non-state organizations may have serious political effects within the US. The Executive is widely understood to bear responsibility for preventing such attacks, and the current political climate appears to require a military approach. Conceptualizing the issue as foreign warfare precludes attention to due process issues: under this model, persons abroad planning attacks on US targets are not criminals but enemy soldiers, in which case their American citizenship is irrelevant on the battlefield, though it would become relevant if they were captured

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