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  •  Those demanding "legal justifications" would not (1+ / 0-)
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    accept ANY legal justification, so their quest for such is a strawman.  Whatever the administration provides, those folks will reject it so that they can condemn the use of drones against enemies.

    As for civilian deaths, those civilians are not targets.  What's the difference between a jet bomber dropping bombs on enemies and inadvertently killing civilians and the same thing happening via drones?  Why do use of drones require legla justification more than the use of jet bomber would?

    Finally, the enemy chooses to use civilians as human shields.  If we adopt a policy that we will never target an enemy unless there is ZERO chance that a civilian might be killed, then the enemy will always use civilians as human shields.

    So fine, let the admin release whatever legal memo was written.  But the "pacifists" should not be disngenuous and pretend that they are open to being convinced by whatever might be in the memo that use of drones is ok under any circumstance.  They should not feign genuine interest in what the memo contains as if they're not going to reject it outright.   You know it, I know it, they know it.  This is all a big game.

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