Obama Defends Drone Policy

…Obama offered an unapologetic defense of his use of drones, saying they are legal, generally moral, and a last resort for getting terrorists when capture is out of the question, sending in American special forces is impossible and a local government cannot — or will not — act. “These strikes have saved lives,” he said.

At the same time, he acknowledged that civilian casualties can serve as a powerful recruiting tool for terrorist groups…



President Obama managed to deliver a speech on Thursday in many ways reminiscent of the rhetoric employed by candidate Obama, condemning the recklessness of the previous administration, hailing the rule of law, and citing James Madison’s warning that “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

But whereas Obama made the right sounds, history shows his words fall far short, and often contradict, his actions as president. When he wasn’t using such rhetoric, he was dodging the truth on issues including drone warfare, Guantanamo Bay and indefinite detention, the AUMF, and how to prevent terrorism so as to not always be fighting it…



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