- Anwar al-Aulaqi, the U.S. citizen and radical cleric responsible for inspiring the Fort Hood shooting and for planning the attempted Christmas underwear bombing has reportedly been killed in an airstrike. At this time, it is uncertain if al-Aulaqi was killed by a drone or ceonventional airstrike. In April 2010, the Obama administration authorized the killing of this U.S. citizen. DCExile editor, Ben, has written about the legality of the continuous targeting of a U.S. citizen by his government. Rep. Peter King had a rare word of praise for President Obama following the announcement of al-Aulaqi's death. While your editor believes that al-Aulaqi was a consistent threat to U.S. security, I am unsure if the man was an immediate threat and I'm concerned about the legal precedent set by the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen.
- The Pakistani street seems to think the U.S. is gearing up to attack the country in light of Admiral Mullen's comments about Pakistani government support for the Huqqani network. The Pakistani government has passed a resolution calles Adm. Mullen's statements "baseless." Admiral Mullen will step down from his position as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs today.
- Afghan ethnic groups are jockeying for position in what they see as the coming civil war once U.S and NATO ground forces withdraw.
- In Libya, the NTC is investigating reports of the capture of Qaddafi spokesman, Mussa Ibrahim. News outlets claim to have video of him detained, dressed as a woman.
- Friend of DCExile, @kangnick, was on CNBC talking the DOJ investigation of Chinese firms.
- Gov. Chris Christie continues to mull a run for president and considers how to scale up to be competitive. The malaise among the GOP over the current slate of candidates is remarkable and unwarranted in your editor's eyes.
- Glenn Beck, out to indoctrinate the children of America, to prevent the indoctrination of the children of America. Course you have to pay the subscription fee for his online only TV channel.
- Bank of America, so thankful for the $45 billion it received in TARP funding, will start charging customers a $5 monthly fee to use their debit cards. Worth noting in Q2 of 2011, Bank of America's Global Card Services reported $2 billion in earnings, up by $1.2 billion year to year.