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  •  Lindsey Graham & Drones (4+ / 0-)
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    Scroll down to the end of the article to see video entitled "US defense contractor selling unarmed Predator drones to UAE"

    Drones have killed 4,700, U.S. senator says

    Just how many people have America’s drones killed? Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has put the death toll at 4,700—the first time an American official has publicly put a precise figure on the impact of strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles. The South Carolina lawmaker's office said he was citing an estimate already discussed on cable television.

    Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, used the figure during a question and answer session on Tuesday with the Rotary Club of Easley in his home state of South Carolina. His remarks were first reported by the Easley Patch.

    “We've killed 4,700,” the lawmaker said. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we're at war, and we've taken out some very senior members of al-Qaida.”

    Drone strikes, President Barack Obama’s signature tactic for killing suspected al-Qaida and other extremist fighters, have been “very effective,” said Graham. “It's a weapon that needs to be used.”

    Amid a controversy sparked by Obama’s targeted assassination of American citizens overseas suspected of consorting with terrorists, Graham came down sharply against any judicial oversight of the drone war, calling the idea “crazy.”
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    What "enemy?"  They are fighting against a little band of criminals.  This is NOT (and was never) a legally-declared constitutional "war."  I wish they'd get their terms correct for the situation!  The only "enemies" we have are the ones we're creating because of drone bombing, plus the previous killing that was wrongly done in our names.  We have nincompoops and paranoid twits for "leaders" since they keep our people in these untenable situations.

    These same nincompoops and paranoid twits took away our constitutional rights - without our permission - and have not yet restored them to us by repealing those unconstitutional and illegal laws....


    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 12:07:10 AM PST

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