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  •  Oh sure, we just fight our way into a tribal area, (5+ / 0-)

    arrest the suspect, and fight our way back out.  Clearly, that will result in fewer civilian casualties.

    •  A couple of points (3+ / 0-)
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      1) We have been fighting our way into the triabl areas with our wat in Afghanistan.  That hasn't worked to end terrorism or kill all the terrorists.

      2) There is no way to rightfully say whether drone strikes of ground troops kill more civilians.  The administration is not allowing a counting of civilians dead from drone strikes.  So saying groud troops would kill more civilains is simply speculation.

      3) We don't need groud troops when the host country has a police force.  If their police force needs help, the US can offer to provide civilian police help.  But all of this takes diplomacy.

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

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 06:32:41 AM PDT

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      •  HJB - the Pakistani police can't access (1+ / 0-)
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        the tribal areas. These are parts of the country clearly outside the control of any government authorities. The notion that the Pakistani police could arrest someone there, even with our help, is comical.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:49:49 AM PDT

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