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In Defense of Obama’s Drone War
National Review, by Charles Krauthammer

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Posted By:johngalt1, 2/15/2013 11:57:38 AM

The nation’s vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama’s drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood. 1. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of enemies abroad? What criteria justify assassination? Answer: (a) imminent threat, under the doctrine of self-defense, and (b) affiliation with al-Qaeda, under the laws of war. Imminent threat is obvious. If we know a freelance jihadist cell in Yemen is actively plotting an attack, we don’t have to wait

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Krauthammer is right. We shouldn’t prevent any Commander-in-Chief from doing their job and protecting our nation, whether we like them or not.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 2/15/2013 12:08:19 PM     (No. 9178146)

Sorry - but this is the same ´president´ who merely 4 years ago stated that the US could not even *arrest* a US citizen overseas without ´due process´, but now has no issues ordering their execution?

It might be different if every drone strike (or even the majority) carried no ´collateral damage´ and targeted *foreign* enemies, but apparently that´s not the case. Reason magazine notes (and documents pretty well) the fact that around 200 Pakistani children have been killed in these strikes, and at least 2 American (citizen) children as well.

Nobody argues against ´keeping America safe´, but with our ´president´s´ *well* demonstrated fealty to Islam - and the *total* lack of any oversight and due process where Americans are concerned - the best compliment deserved would be - "Unbelievable this guy hasn´t been impeached yet".

He certainly would have been if named ´Bush´.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 4poster, 2/15/2013 12:10:57 PM     (No. 9178149)

I suppose no children died when we fire bombed German cities.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Engrpat, 2/15/2013 12:17:41 PM     (No. 9178161)

What worries me is who gets to define "terrorist." Obama refuses to call the shooting at Fr Hood a terrorist act, so please define terrorist for me.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/15/2013 12:20:33 PM     (No. 9178168)

My only misgivings revolve around the inscrutable and puerile nature of the CIC.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/15/2013 12:36:04 PM     (No. 9178199)

I agree. But, I oppose the use of drone strikes in this country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: woodsman, 2/15/2013 12:50:54 PM     (No. 9178227)

I oppose the use of drones in this country period!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: spit the bit, 2/15/2013 1:31:09 PM     (No. 9178314)

I personally am always very careful about ever agreeing with anything the Left supports. Especially Obama policy. But I will think about this one...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: redink, 2/15/2013 1:38:26 PM     (No. 9178331)

For a brilliant mind, the good doctor often misses the importance of who Obama really is--a malignant narcissist with a grudge against America. I don´t believe anything he says, including "hello".

Please stop it, Charles. You assume too much about this President. First explain Obama´s response to Benghazi...then write an article defending this policy.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Foulbill, 2/15/2013 2:36:45 PM     (No. 9178425)

The question I would ask is why did we put American lives at risk to go after Bin Laden, a non-citizen, and then use a drone to take out Anwar aw-Alaki, a citizen? Oops, sorry, I just figured out the answer.....

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Reply 10 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 2/15/2013 3:47:41 PM     (No. 9178606)

American presidents should not be given this power, sorry.

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