It's starting to make sense why the Obama administration rarely acknowledges its secret drone program: When it does it, it reveals some unreconcilable contradictions.
In a rare moment on Sunday, President Obama's top counterterrorism adivser John Brennan defended the administration's armed drone assassination campaign on Fox News Sunday. "Drones, the remotely piloted vehicles, [are] a tremendously capable tool to use against the terrorist abroad," he told Chris Wallace. "When we're doing this, we are doing it in full consent and cooperation with our partners internationally. This is something that the president has told us we need to work closely with these partners."
That statement might not sound particularly revelatory to casual news readers because the government's drone campaign is discussed frequently by members of the press and national security experts. But the administration almost never acknowledges the existence of the program itself, which led Politico's Josh Gerstein to wonder "whether Brennan's comments were simply an unplanned outbreak of public candor on the subject or whether high-level administration deliberations about whether to be more open in discussions of anti-terrorism operations led to his remarks."