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  •  False equivalency. (2+ / 0-)

    The Bush Admin ginned up the Iraq WMD "evidence", not the security services.  Many security services were, in fact, skeptical.  In the Af/Pak region basically everyone is agreeing that the Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders are being seriously decimated by drone strikes.

    Hell, even the Taliban and Al Qaeda have indicated as much.

    Sorry dude, but these strikes are far from being indiscriminate.  If villages were being carpet-bombed, I might agree with you on that, but as it stands it is just not true.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 11:12:24 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for saying this! (1+ / 0-)
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      I am so sick and tired of people pretending not to know about how the Bush administration twisted, distorted, and misrepresented the information provided by the professional intelligence services.

      Why are there so many people eager to let Bush and Cheney off the hook, by blaming what was obviously the result of their meddling on the low-level intel analysts they bullied?

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 11:38:01 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, terrorists are killed along with (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes, terrorists are being killed, everyone agrees, along with non-combatants.  Including women and children.

      I don't believe the US should be in the business of killing non-combatant women and children.  I don't believe these bombings should be done in secret.  I don't believe the US should forego the rule of law as a means of combating terrorism.  I don't believe we help our cause by terrorizing others.  I don't believe we should practice racial discrimination when fighting terrorism.

      Sorry dude, but these strikes are not an effective way to end terrorism or protect us from future terrorist attacks.  But even if you could prove conclusively that the US will never suffer a terrorist attack because of these misguided efforts, I would still tell you the ends do NOT justify the means.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 12:22:57 PM PDT

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      •  I already laid out for you that it is not "racial (0+ / 0-)

        discrimination".  That you insist on that line demonstrates to me that you are not willing to objectively examine the issue.

        And you may not like it, but the drone strikes in the Af/Pak region have been quite effective at combatting Al Qaeda and associated groups.  It's a shame that civilians sometimes die in these strikes, but that blame can't just be laid at our feet.  Al Qaeda and their associates are to blame for a lot of that.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 05:07:28 PM PDT

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