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  •  His policy of course holds a high (0+ / 0-)

    regard for innocent lives. He has said so himself. If you think he disregards innocent lives, how is that not a value judgment on his state of mind? Obviously it pains him when innocents die, if that weren't the case he'd be a madman. But he has a job to do, and he is trying to do it while minimizing both innocent loss of life in foreign lands and the loss of life of Americans, civilian and military. Not an easy job.

    •  Are you Obama's psychologist? (9+ / 0-)

      How exactly do you know this:

      Obviously it pains him when innocents die, if that weren't the case he'd be a madman.
      If you are his psychologist I think you are revealing privileged information and you are violating the duties of your job. Obama should fire you, pronto!

      More importantly, is this Obama's policy? I just want a yes or no.

      But buried about halfway into the story was the alarming revelation that the president has “embraced a disputed method” for counting innocent civilians killed in US air strikes, by which “all military-age males in a strike zone” are counted as combatants “unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” According to the Times, “several administration officials” confirmed this method’s use.
      Now after I received the first answer, tell me, does this policy hold sympathy for civilian casualties? Again a yes, or no will suffice.
      •  You know what, this is getting (3+ / 0-)
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        a bit too heated. I don't answer questions that are barked at me. I am thrilled that a compassionate and intelligent man is making these decision on our behalf, and I believe that he is doing what he thinks is right.

        •  Many President's do what they think is right (7+ / 0-)

          That does not make it right.

          Many of us do what we think is right and that does not make it right.

          Otherwise, if I punch a passerby in the face and I justify my action to the police by saying: I think what I did was right," will the police accept my justification and let me go free?

          •  That is pithy. (0+ / 0-)

            As president in the modern age, one doesn't get to sit around being pithy. Tough, life-or-death decisions must be made. Seriously, aren't you glad you don't have to make them? I know I am.

            •  I am glad I don't have to make them (4+ / 0-)
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              But I am also glad that I, as a human being and an American citizen have a duty to hold my President accountable when he messes up and violates human rights.

              That is my duty as a citizen of conscience. Why aren't you doing the same?

              •  For me it is a combination of not (0+ / 0-)

                thinking that he is doing anything I wouldn't do (if I were twice as smart and capable as I find myself) and also maybe some laziness as well. I enjoy blogging and have various things that keep me busy, and have never been much of a protester. Even when Bush was in charge, I mostly just ranted in places like dKos, didn't really do anything all that productive.

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