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Published: Friday, Feb. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Christian 24-7
Murray, UT

@spring street

The whole point of my post is that the memo released says that there doesn't need to be an imminent threat to order a strike. That is problematic to me. I do think there needs a standard for a significant threat to order a drone strike, and an elevated standard to specifically strike to get a US citizen. The loosy-goosy version that is being defended in the memo uses words like 'suspected terrorist', and 'no imminent threat required' to specifically attack a citizen of the USofA. These open the door to imperial assassinations for political gains, a door that I don't think Americans want to open, not even for their chosen guy.

That is a far cry from initiating and attack on a known terrorist base consisting of people from countries who hate us, who are violently occupying some territory. Obviously there is documentation about what these guys are doing in Mali, per the DN Wed edition. That would justify a drone strike. Safer for the locals than letting Al-quaeda stay in charge.

The language of the memo sounded more like the terrorists' creeds than the USofA.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

It's only wrong when a demo does it. Repubs had no objection to using drones when bush was president.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

Bush did use drone strikes. And to the innocent that are killed it doesn't matter if it was a cruise missile, C-130 or a drone that did it.

When there are drones above that occasionally lob off drones at the supermarket, you will understand.

Panetta actually said that drone strikes are NOT for acts already commited, they are to keep future acts from happening. Minority Report anyone?

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

I guess it doesn't matter that 170 children were killed in these drone strikes. I wish Obama would've brought that up when he was hiding behind that sandy hook children.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Quit blaming the tyrant George Bush. Obama has been in office for 5 years. If he was any better than Bush he would've have quit with these strikes. It's like me going out and killing someone and then justifying my actions by blaming it on Ted Bundy.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Roland Keysers comment says it all. That is something everyone should read.

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