Obama's admirers must not be silent on drone policies

  • Article by: REKHA BASU , Des Moines Register
  • Updated: February 14, 2013 - 8:25 PM

The president who won election pledging a new kind of global engagement is claiming the right to selectively kill Americans abroad who are only suspected of terrorism.

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firefight41Feb. 14, 13 9:15 PM

SAD sad shape this country is in when the president can order the murder of Americans without due process.

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davehougFeb. 14, 13 9:36 PM

Life has no problems when you can just re-define the Constitution as a 'living document' that no longer needs amendments, the meaning of imminient or the meaning of marriage.

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pumiceFeb. 14, 1310:17 PM

From the article: "[John] Brennan, Obama's nominee for CIA director, was his top counterterrorism adviser, and testified that the policy on killing Americans is to strike only to save lives when an attack is imminent and there is no alternative." Again, are there any limits on an authorization to use force? Even one so broad as an authorization to use military force against terrorists? Can such an authorization apply any place? Does such an authorization ever expire?

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pumiceFeb. 14, 1310:18 PM

From the article: "[S]ome lawmakers ... have proposed a special federal 'drone court' that would approve who should be targeted, and the White House is said to be considering one." Considering implementing checks and balances?!?!?! That's what comes of a decades-long Congressional record of abrogating both its power to declare war and its power of the purse....

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goferfanzFeb. 14, 1310:19 PM

Our President is a war criminal. Even far lefties like Nadar have said this. Obama's tenure has revealed the utter hypocrisy of liberals in general and Dems in particular. Somewhere, W is amused at the events since he left office, especially the lies told by the current President to surge a war in Afghanistan......when Osama Bin Laden was nowhere near that country. Droning? Yes, wait till other countries start droning in America.

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jdlellis1Feb. 14, 1310:20 PM

The first role of the federal government is to protect its citizens from invasion both foreign and domestic. Failure to meet this fundamental obligation dissolves the nation. In addition, treason is addressed in the Constitution. In 1945, when ordering the dropping of the atomic bomb, then President Truman was aware of the P.O.W. camp in/near Hiroshima. While yes, it was war, the approximate 200 American soldiers never received what some would say would be their due process. Then of course despite historical writings and current movies, President Lincoln did not adhere to the letter of the law [Constitution] during the Civil War. This is why President Bush (W) as is President Obama, citing precedence for some of their actions. As leaders, President's walk a fine line in exercising their executive authority. Shared government is a beautiful concept and it is up to Congress to ensure that authority is kept in check.

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phatcatpatFeb. 15, 13 6:47 AM

Obama's loyalists will never criticize him. This infatuation is so deep that Obama can do no wrong. To be critical of an Obama policy causes them to lash out at you like children calling you names and claiming you are a hater. There is no ability to reason with these people and to them Obama is nothing short of being the new messiah.

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fooledmeonceFeb. 15, 13 7:21 AM

a terrorist is a terrorist, I hope to read often of the Drone attacks and sucessful kills of terrorists wherever thay may be, stop the criminal coddeling

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hawkeye56379Feb. 15, 13 9:46 AM

The article saysd: "Could there be a situation in which the president ordered a targeted drone killing on U.S. soil of an American suspected of, say, mass murder?" ----------- Of course not. To even ask such a silly question shows a complete lack of understanding of the situation. That would be a law enforcement matter entitling the suspect to a trial and full criminal due process. It would be totally unrelated to the Authorization to Use Force against al Qaeda. In addition, the military cannot conduct operations in the US.

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hermajestyFeb. 15, 1310:06 AM

If you look on Democratic websites, you will find that people ARE upset about the drone policy, except for the minority of fanboys and fangirls who are starstruck by Obama. My only consolation is that Romney probably would have done even worse things.

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