Washington DC: A Washington DC newspaper has obtained a recording of a White house meeting between President Obama and his National Security Advisor discussing the use of armed unmanned drone aircraft against terrorists. The paper published a transcript.
President: What's the latest rationale for unmanned drone strikes?
National Security Advisor: Drone strikes are to be used only against overseas terrorist targets planning to carry out imminent attacks on US interests.
President: I have complete control over the final selection of terrorist targets, including US citizens?
National Security Advisor: Yes.
President: Are we having the US Attorney General's office generate legalistic gobbledygook to constitutionally cover our butts?
National Security Advisor: Yes, but there is still trouble with both Democratic and Republican Senators from various parts of the country objecting to the US citizens part.
President: Could I have the Senate Majority Leader send these Senators on a fact finding mission to Guam and then declare these Senators are terrorist targets?
National Security Advisor: The island of Guam is an unincorporated territory of the US in the Pacific Ocean.
President: As I'm not fond of that Winston Churchill fellow how about the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, which the US leases from the UK?
National Security Advisor: I have to leave now for my CIA Director confirmation hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
After reading the Washington DC newspaper article the president directed the White House Press Secretary to call a press conference and clarify that his remarks were taken out of context!