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  •  Suit our purposes (5+ / 0-)

    or perhap suit the purposes of our allies.

    There has been speculation, based on evidence, that some of our drone strikes are done not to protect our interests, but to satisfy the requests of country who allow us to operate on their soil.

    There has also been speculation, rather convincing I thought, that drone strikes were used for political reasons in Pakistan during a time when Pakistanis were so up in arms about drone strikes that they told us to stop and then wanted an admission and an apology for a strike that killed 24 people who were not enemy combatants.  They refused our convoys passage through Pakistan.  We were pressuring them to open up their passages to us for quite a long time and during that time the frequency of drone strikes increased significantly.  There were suggestions in the media that the reason for the increase in drone strikes was to pressure the Pakistanis.  

    More recently, there were drone strikes in northern Yemen, far away from the area where we had been conducting strikes against AQAP.  Around the same time the existence of the secret drone base in Saudi Arabia was revealed.  This is another thing that had been speculated on in the media for months.  But after the strikes in unusual areas, there was more speculation about who the targets were, and whether they were truly enemy combatants presenting a threat to the U.S. or whether they were targets the Saudis wanted to take out.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:56:16 AM PST

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    •  The appreciation for indirect action, which leaves (0+ / 0-)

      the authority unidentified, is neither genetically nor ethnically determined.  All sorts of people are persuaded that having an agent is better than getting one's own hands dirty.

      Did God the Father not send His Son to take care of a problem?

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:48:41 AM PST

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