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There was a story in today's Washington Post headlined "Unilateral Strike Called a Model For U.S. Operations in Pakistan"

In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali. The drone's operator, relying on information secretly passed to the CIA by local informants, clicked a computer mouse and sent the first of two Hellfire missiles hurtling toward a cluster of mud-brick buildings a few miles from the town center.

The missiles killed Abu Laith al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda commander and a man who had repeatedly eluded the CIA's dragnet. It was the first successful strike against al-Qaeda's core leadership in two years, and it involved, U.S. officials say, an unusual degree of autonomy by the CIA inside Pakistan.

That made it a pretty weird day for John McCain to attack Obama for being willing to order such strikes. Is McCain against the al-Libi operation?

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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