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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:12 PM

I Respect the Anti-Drone Position, but I am Still Very Ambivalent [View all]

I do think that drone strikes are morally wrong and unconstitutional. However, when it comes to foreign and domestic policies, the U.S. has had a very long history of engaging in morally wrong and unconstitutional activities. These things are never a clear cut question of right and wrong.

What would be the alternative policy to drone strikes? Infiltrate nations, launch raids by special forces, and extract suspected targets for trial in the U.S.? That too carries moral and constitutional conflicts, and it would also involve the loss of life. Was the raid on OBL's compound in Pakistan constitutional and morally correct? Sure, no drones were used, but we still violated international laws, constitutional and territory rights and innocent people were killed.

Send in troops to occupy nations? Would that be better?

Negotiate with foreign nations to hand over suspected terrorist leaders and their cells for prosecution in the U.S. And if they say no? What then? What's the alternative?

Some will respond, "well if the U.S. would stop killing them, they would not kill us." But that position presumes that terrorist organizations only bomb the U.S. What about the 2002 attack in Bali? What did Indonesia do to warrant such an attack?

I just don't know of a purely moral and by the book constitutional way to deal with a roving band of terrorists who move from nation to nation and are organized with the sole purpose of bringing death and destruction to civilzation all in the name of their religion.

Yes, I have problems with the drone strikes, but I don't have a better alternative. I don't like giving our president the right to target and kill Americans abroad, but I also don't want American citizens to use the constitution as a shield for engaging in acts of terrorism.



End Notes:
Bali 2002 attack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Bali_bombings

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