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  •  It's not easy being President these days. He is (1+ / 0-)
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    doing his best to do what's right.  

    What are the choices?  

    Drones or sending innocents kid soldiers off to kill more innocent kid soldiers?

    We do not live a in a perfect world.  We do our best.

    This is no shock and awe President.  We need to cut him some slack and give him credit for his sound judgment.

    •  And what happens when this gives the (10+ / 0-)

      next Republican president precedent to do the same thing but without Obama's all knowing judgement capabilities?  I bet you'll be against it then, which is why we all need to be against it now.

    •  How about not using the military (6+ / 0-)

      to fight a tactic that is being used by criminals and giving them another reason to hate the US and attack us.

      Other countries use the police to handle criminals, pre-9/11 the US did, too.


      "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013
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      by TheMomCat on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:11:09 PM PST

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    •  Drones or innocent kid soldiers... (8+ / 0-)

      is a false dichotomy.

      There's at least one other choice: Treat terrorism as a law enforcement issue rather than a bogus "war." Neither drones nor kid soldiers. That's how we've addressed domestic rightwing terror; apparently with some success, since there's been no repeat of OKC.

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:13:40 PM PST

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      •  How do we have law enforcement in Pakistan? (0+ / 0-)

        Syria?  Yemen?

        Not believing this power is being used indiscriminately.  Though share the sorrow that it has to be used at all.

        •  The same way we did before 9/11 (3+ / 0-)
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          Cooperation with their government's police and intelligence agencies.

          The Pakistani government has already drawn a "red line" on these drone attacks and put the US on notice.

          Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's ambassador to Washington, said Tuesday that the continuing drone strikes are a "red line," but she declined to say whether Pakistan would order its U.S.-made F-16 fighters to shoot down the drones. [..]

          While dismissing drone strikes as "operationally counterproductive," Rehman said Pakistan wants to continue to cooperate with the U.S. on counter-terrorism operations, especially as U.S. and allied conventional forces are drawing down in neighboring Afghanistan. But she portrayed the U.S. and Pakistani disagreement over the armed drone program as an obstacle. "The drones are the red line here," she said.

          She was dismissive of the 12-year U.S. effort in Afghanistan, observing that "clearly, force has not been an answer over the years." She said the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has become more turbulent, despite what she described as a determined Pakistani effort to control cross-border operations by the Taliban and other militant groups. And she rejected U.S. criticisms that Pakistan has allowed the Taliban sanctuary inside its territory.

          This is not going very well for the US in the region or for that matter the rest of the world that does not  get all its information through the American MSM.


          "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013
          TheStarsHollowGazette.com

          by TheMomCat on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:27:15 PM PST

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