Saturday, February 09, 2013

Budget cuts hit Obama hard: No more drone strikes on US Citizens on Saturdays.

Every now and then someone at The New Yorker writes something witty

Posted by    Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:45pm 
Not often anymore, mostly just hack attacks on Republicans.

But this is good, even if it does take a gratuitous shot at Dick Cheney, Andy Borowitz, U.S. Cancels Regular Drone Strikes on Saturdays:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Citing budgetary concerns, the United  States announced today that it would discontinue regular Saturday drone strikes  on U.S. citizens, beginning in 2014.
In announcing the decision, the White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged  that the cutback in drone service was “bound to be controversial.” “In the  United States, we’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to target our  citizens with drone strikes, Monday through Saturday, regardless of the  weather,” he said. “We know that losing Saturday drone service is going to take  some getting used to.”
But the move to cut back drone service drew sharp criticism from a longtime  defender of the program, the former Vice-President Dick Cheney.“Like most  Americans, I thought I’d never see the day when drones just up and take  Saturdays off,” he said. “This would never be happening if I were still  President.”
As if to silence critics, Mr. Carney assured reporters that drones could “still get the job done” Monday through Friday, and reminded U.S. citizens to  update the government on any change of address so the drones would know where to  reach them.

Thanks to Professor Jacobsen for the heads up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hahahaha... I just do not have the ability to believe this post isn't a special candid camera moment for jay carney or was it real?

Either way, I was wetting my pants laughing because either way, why drones be taking a day off? Could they not re-prioritize defense spending, may be get rid of a few multi-hog defense projects OR may be a few special corporate loop holes? Or better yes, some leeway on the Obama phone mandate?

-- Jeremy