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  •  A good first start, but (21+ / 0-)

    if the President is really thoughtful and regrets these "mistakes," he would cease the drone program (with its barbaric double tapping) and the night raids completely.

    What are we actually accomplishing with these horrific and barbaric programs? As BigAl would say, we are waging a war OF terror.  We are the most terrorist nation in the world.

    "I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West "It was a really naked declaration of imperialism." ~ Jeremy Scahill on Obama's speech to the UN

    by gulfgal98 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:21:34 AM PST

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    •  What gives U.S. the right? (18+ / 0-)

      Does every country have the right to fly armed drones over other countries and launch missiles at people they think might wish them ill?

      If this program is necessary and just for the protection of the United States then Obama should support its use by other countries. The fact that he doesn't speaks louder than any of his excuses for his actions. America has long enjoyed its unique position in the world as a superpower for good, a position that is being reduced greatly each passing day, first by Bushes wars of aggression and torture and now by Obama's drone wars.

      Our country is no longer an example to the world in so many areas, but our abuse of drones is traceable directly to one person: Obama himself.  

    •  spreading terror courtesy of 'Wars R Us' (2+ / 0-)
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      that terrorize Pakistanis:

      Drones hover twenty-four hours a day over communities in northwest Pakistan, striking homes, vehicles, and public spaces without warning. Their presence terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities. Those living under drones have to face the constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment, and the knowledge that they are powerless to protect themselves. These fears have affected behavior. The US practice of striking one area multiple times, and evidence that it has killed rescuers, makes both community members and humanitarian workers afraid or unwilling to assist injured victims. Some community members shy away from gathering in groups, including important tribal dispute-resolution bodies, out of fear that they may attract the attention of drone operators. Some parents choose to keep their children home, and children injured or traumatized by strikes have dropped out of school. Waziris told our researchers that the strikes have undermined cultural and religious practices related to burial, and made family members afraid to attend funerals. In addition, families who lost loved ones or their homes in drone strikes now struggle to support themselves.
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      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 01:16:47 PM PST

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