The Thursday wrap
The Obama administration has discovered that loose lips sink specious legal arguments. A federal appeals court has ordered it to make public key portions of its legal rationale for the targeted killing of people linked to terrorism, including Americans. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the administration had no argument for secrecy because it had made repeated public statements about that rationale. That said, the same court redacted part of its rationale and even redacted part of its own decision. Ahem. … Sayeth United Auto Workers President Bob King, announcing that it has dropped a challenge to Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejecting unionization: “The UAW is ready to put February’s tainted election in the rear-view mirror.” Ah, yes, ungracious and arrogant as ever in defeat. … Surely The Nation’s Katha Pollitt was pulling out her hair and her eyes were bulging when she penned an Earth Day screed that essentially claims the globe is cooked because of mankind’s inaction to battle “global warming.” She actually laments the fact that “our system” will not allow save-the-Earth-come-lately actions — such as forcing everyone to go vegetarian, using cars and planes only for emergencies, banning tree-cutting to build houses, banning air conditioning and forcing the oil, gas and coal industries to heel to government diktats. Ms. Pollitt, take two Valium (or more) and, please, don’t call anybody in the morning.