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    There is nothing wrong with having an opinion.  My opinion about drone strikes or the Obama administration is no more biased than your opinion about the same.

    You are correct Pakistan and its role in our war.  One of the reasons we can not leave Afghanistan is because of Pakistan.  US troops in Afghanistan regularly receive fire from over the Pakistan border (our supposed ally).  Indeed, the US drone strikes in Pakistan occur with Paki intelligence, and after the drone strikes, the Paki government will condemn the drone strikes.  So the government both aid and condemns the drone strikes at the same time.  And well they should because the Paki government is not liked by the people of Pakistan, in part because of the bombings the Paki people suffer at the hands of their ally, the US.

    So the question goes back to you: what do you do?  Invade Afghanistan where the war is not?  Invade neighboring Pakistan, our supposed ally?  Continue bombing our ally?  Go home and hope the problem goes away?

    What I suggest - stop the "war" and re-engage in police work - may be no more effective in stopping terrorism than our 11 years of war in Afghanistan.  But it does have the advantage of 1) conforming to US and international law; 2) stops the bombings of civilian non-combatants, 3) works with and not against an allied government;  4) aid our leaving Afghanistan; 5) is likely a great deal less expensive for US tax-payer.

    There are many good reasons to end drone strikes.  Continuing drone strikes and advocating drone strikes for the sake of president Obama's re-election is as groteque as supporting the war in Iraq so Bush could gain re-election.

    "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 07:55:27 AM PDT

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