Obama and Drones
Posted on February 6, 2013 by Lou
And I admit that I’m a hypocrite.
If a republican administration were executing these practices, I’d probably join the chorus to condemn them as unconstitutional, authoritarian or worse.
But I trust this president’s judgment that the drones are a legitimate way to take out terrorists who would – if they could – kill thousands of Americans. He’s making a trade-off, knowing that a successful massive terrorist attack against us would result in far greater damage to our democratic institutions.
Progressives are indignant over the Justice Department memo justifying the policy but I’m inclined to accept remarks by White House spokesperson Jay Carney regarding “remotely piloted aircraft [conducting] targeted strikes against specific al Qaeda terrorists in order to prevent attacks on the United States and to save American lives….These strikes,” he said, “are legal, they are ethical and they are wise.”
Even if you doubt whether they’re legal and ethical, they might – under the circumstances – be wise.