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“Jihadi Intent”

War-on-terror hawks may believe we must kill and intimidate people who have some nebulous terrorist intent. But Robert Wright is surprised that President Obama would entertain the notion.

“When you look at how much real-world evidence there is against the views of war-on-terror hawks, it’s not surprising that they would construct their own little universe, a place where ‘jihadi intent’ is an uncaused cause, and our only hope is to kill or intimidate the people who, through some magical process that defies comprehension, have been possessed by it,” writes Robert Wright. “What is surprising is that Barack Obama, who became the Democratic nominee for president largely because he had opposed the Iraq war, seems increasingly to be taking his cues from the people who so disastrously supported it.”


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