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  •  "Violently resisting," you say. (4+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, corvo, barleystraw, Sparhawk

    Just how is someone violently resisting a person who guides a missile from the other side of the world?

    Oh, and if a felon is "violently resisting" with his fists, a police officer might get into some trouble if he countered with a bullet.

    More to the point, there appears to be in your analogy an assumption that anyone who is killed by a drone is necessarily guilty of something.  While I know that is the position of some in this Administration, is it the position you want to espouse?  Would it be the same to you if any other figure of authority made this argument for doing away with any opponents without the nuisance of a hearing?

    •  I know you must have at least seen my original (0+ / 0-)

      comment because you replied to it.  Maybe give it another read.  I clearly said I was uncomfortable with anyone having that power.  I'm also not comfortable with ignoring someone like al-Awaki, hiding out beyond the reach of any judicial authority in Yemen while sending poor dupe after poor dupe to kill other human beings.  

      Given my declared ambivalence, what would you say to convince me that there is an alternative?  Saying, well, we should just wait and grab him if he ever shows up at an international border isn't very convincing.  There is no law where he was, and he had no intention of giving himself up.  Real world situation: you're the President, what would you do?

      Perhaps if you stopped imputing authoritarian/bloodthirsty motivations to those who wrestle with the same question but come up with a different answer, you would be able to formulate an argument that would be convincing to those who don't already agree with you.  


      No one likes armed missionaries. -- Robespierre.

      by Gator Keyfitz on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:13:39 PM PDT

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