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Poll: Should U.S. Be Carrying Out Drone Strikes Outside War Zones?

Obama adviser now admits to deadly Pakistan and Yemen attacks by remotely operated aircraft.

A year after SEALs trained in Coronado launched a raid that killed Osama bin Laden, John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser, justified drone strikes outside war zones as “ethical and just.” And he said Monday: “There is nothing in international law that bans the use of remotely piloted aircraft for this purpose or that prohibits us from using lethal force against our enemies outside of an active battlefield, at least when the country involved consents or is unable or unwilling to take action against the threat.” Even Americans can be targeted by drones, the Pentagon suggests. Has America gone too far with drones?  Or is this an essential way to wage war on terrorists?

Kevin George May 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Evidently from a sampling of the news today the answer to this question depends on your party affiliation and who is in the White House.
Bryceson Cabading May 01, 2012 at 08:15 PM
For me, it doesn't matter which president or party is in control of the White House. I support drone strikes 100 percent. They have played a crucial role in weakening Al-Qaeda....this according to Osama bin Laden himself. Had drones been used more extensively in the early days of the war, it's likely that we could have killed bin Laden before he escaped from Tora Bora and maybe we would have ended the war sooner.
Larry May 01, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I agree. Drones are a vital tool for US forces.
Ed Sorrels May 01, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Not only should we use them at every chance where info is time sensative, We don't owe any one an apology or payment for doing so. There is a basic thing going on here and if we fail to understand it we will eventually loose, They will gladly kill us, we must use our technology to remove them from the battlefied first before they have a chance to do so !
Kathy Roberts May 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Are you kidding me? This is saving American lives! We are fighting a battle against terrorists, they don't care who they kill or where they kill them. At least our strikes are aimed at encampments where the bad guys are.......drones, go get 'em., till they are gone!
Libi Uremovic May 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
'...There is nothing in international law that bans the use of remotely piloted aircraft.." there's plenty in international law that bans one country from attacking other countries....and we certainly don't want other countries using the technology on us....
Libi Uremovic May 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
that's why i haven't watched the 'news' in years....it's morphed into 'entertainment'...
Libi Uremovic May 02, 2012 at 02:47 PM
so now that i've read the comments i realize that the dems must be 'pro war' and the gop are 'anti war'.... is this really happening...?
Libi Uremovic May 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
if it's a choice between using drones and using kids - use the drones.... ben laden's mantra was that he wants the u.s.a out of the middle east - so i say give them what they want.... the middle east only has oil & sand....we take away the value of the oil and they're left selling sand...
Kevin George May 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Who said I watched it?

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