You must fight supermonsters.
If no supermonsters are available, you need to invent them.
From Mr. Glenn Greenwald (emphasis added):
“I don’t think there is much difference [between the Boston bombing and drone strikes.] You could certainly say that one difference, and this is what people would typically say to defend what the United States does and to distinguish it, is that we are not deliberately killing civilians while the people in Boston did. And I’m not sure how true that is. There certainly are cases where the United States has very recklessly killed civilians.”
There are many, excellent reasons for opposing America's drone program. You could condemn it on the grounds that it is morally wrong to ever kill or injure civilians, which is certainly valid, but can just as certainly be applied to every war ever fought. You could oppose it on grounds that it's antiseptic nature makes it too tempting to use even when the intelligence is sketchy and the consequence on the other side of the world are bloody and tragic. You could oppose it on the simple grounds that it's stupid; that however efficient the technology might be, the net effect of the program is creating legions of otherwise ordinary people who will now passionately hate this country for their rest of their lives.
All good points. All worthy of discussion.
But these are not the points Mr. Greenwald is raising here.
Flensed of the weasel-wording, Mr. Greenwald's is clearly trying to assert that it is the policy of the Obama Administration to deliberately target and kill as many innocent civilians as possible, as publicly as possible. His words admit no other interpretation which means that somewhere in the White House there must necessarily exist a Directorate for Slaughtering Innocent Civilians which is staffed by sadists who endlessly scan the Muslim world looking for random clusters of innocent men women and children (especially children) to blow to bits for no reason whatsoever beyond terrorizing the maximum number of bystanders.
Because for The League of Extraordinarily Pure Gentlemen, it is not enough that their opponents be wrong or foolish or blind. To feed their belief in their own perfect rightness (and, conversely, to justify their skreeeeching contempt for anyone who does not agree with them 100%) they must always up the moral stakes.
For them, only cartoon villains made of pure, unalloyed evil will do.