White House Press Secretary described drone attacks as “legal, ethical, and wise.”

White House Press Secretary described drone attacks as “legal, ethical, and wise.”

Saving American Lives

Other than the fact that Republicans are poised to criticize every action by the President, I do not understand the debate about the increased use of “drones.” A Republican President sent our soldiers into 2 wars, putting them in harm’s way.  And he succeeded in getting thousands of them killed, and thousands more wounded, some with permanent injuries.  Supposedly the objective was to destroy Al Queda.  They ended up being an exercise in futility, and were waged under false pretenses.

Drone attacks on specific targets, terrorists who may actually be a threat to our country makes complete sense.  Part of the argument is the targeting of American citizens sympathetic to terrorist organizations.  A “leaked” Department of Justice memo read:

“If an informed, high-level official” determines that an individual is “a senior, operational leader of Al Qaeda or an associated force” and poses “an imminent threat” to the United States and that individual’s “capture is infeasible”, then killing him or her wouldn’t violate the Constitution, says the memo.

White House Press Secretary described drone attacks as “legal, ethical, and wise”.

These drones, often launched inside Saudi Arabia, are precise, and save hundreds of lives of innocent civilians, and keep American soldiers out of harm’s way.  Technology is the way wars will be waged in the future.  Wars in countries such as Afghanistan cannot be won on the ground.  The war in Vietnam could not be won on the ground.  The war against terrorists cannot be won on the ground.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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