Parker, I want to paraphrase by saying that I agree with you, and think the drone strikes are heinous.
Originally Posted by Parker
To what? Killing US citizens illegally? Without due process, or any kind of trial or any form of justice?
My alternative would be "not doing that."
There are pages and pages and pages about Trayvon Martin's presumed unjust murder, which I don't blame nobody for posting about, since it clearly stinks to high heaven. This 16 year old was killed because he was guilty by association...for being a Muslim and for being his fathers son. I see little difference, but nobody gives a shit.
From a government perspective, what are the alternatives for bringing due process to lawless lands?
Republicans aren't going to call Obama out on it because it's exactly what they would be doing. Democrats aren't going to call Obama out on it because it's an election year, and it's bad form.
The scary thing is, I can see the logic in it. Pakistan's tribal regions doesn't have a police force, and neither does Yemen. Drones are a horrifically elegant alternative to putting NATO soldiers in places they're not wanted. And that the government seems to skate on it in a domestic outrage sense? Gravy.
Imagine how vast the abstraction must be between the people in the chain of command, right down to the pilot, in a drone operation? No accountability, nothing. It's a video game. I could be wrong on that. There could be people at every stage that wracked with guilt over what they are doing, and that may try to stop it, somehow.
I would go so far as to say it's worthwhile to the US government (any administration), to keep killing innocents. Then they have a constant pool of "Angry, Evil, Others" to continue feeding fear to the populace, and shoveling money into the military industrial complex.
But of course, I think we're headed for a dystopian nightmare that would shock Orwell.