What should trouble all of us — especially those of genuine conscience on the left — is the hard left’s willful blindness to the atrocities of the terrorists we hunt.
These men slaughter teachers, doctors and aid workers, anonymous shoppers in the marketplace and elementary-school students, especially girls. (In Islamist terror’s homelands, Newtown is everywhere.)
Yet leftists romanticize America’s enemies, excusing their sins while exaggerating our missteps. And when other accusations fall short, they trot out the N-word of security affairs, “assassination,” equating terrorist chieftains with JFK.
The hard left’s position is ultimately simple: America is bad, our troops are monsters and attacks on our known enemies are criminal. And drones are hateful because they not only make our military more effective, but also because they spare the innocent: For leftists, it’s better if we kill more civilians, since that reinforces their dogma.