The Drone Program: America's Dirty Little Secret
As much as I support our president, I am NOT happy with the Drone Program or in their words "Targeted Killings" and/or "Lethal Force." I do not think it is OK to subvert the U.S. Constitution and go after American citizens and kill them without a trial.
I don't need to go into the details about how the program works, but for those who don't know...We send unmanned Drones to a designated area, most likely Pakistan and the plane destroys a desgnated "Target."
It is NOT okay that Drones have killed 178 children and a lot of innocent people surrounding the desgnated targets.
The other side of the equation is the cost savings of the Drone Program. It costs a lot less in American human lives to send a plane thousands of miles away and gun a target down. We don't have to put those boots on the ground. The administration would argue that if American lives are saved and Al Qa'ida terrorists are taken out, then this is a good thing. I am conflicted about this reasoning.
Paskistan is supposed to be our ally, however they harbored Bin Laden for 10 years and have made this country a safe haven for anti-American terrorists. Obama and his National Security Council would rather use these "Legal, ethical & wise" (according to Jay Carney, Press Secretary) Drone strikes when we are in imminent danger. The administration insists that these strikes are legal.
I cannot make this call. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely b e the one to have the final say.
If you have a problem (like I do) with what President Obama and his administration are doing, you should get on Twitter and call and use the White House website. Let them know. They really do pay attention.
There is one point I must make. Every other country is likely creating their own Drone Program and we are in danger. The Bush administration started this program and Obama has accelerated it. A Pandora's Box has been opened that cannot be closed.
This is very scary stuff.
Congress is now getting involved and wants to limit Drone strikes. Good luck with that.