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During the George W. Bush administration, Democrats and anti-war groups derided enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) and the detention facility at Guantanamo as inconsistent with American values and a recruiting tool for al-Qai’da. Far fewer of those critics decry the Obama administration’s killing of al-Qai’da terrorists, including American citizens, with drone strikes, despite the collateral damage that is far more detrimental to winning friends in the Islamic world.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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4 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Fighting Islamic terrorism is a war of intelligence and not about a body count!

    The Obama White House is stacking up TB and AQ bodies by the thousands and we are not winning the war because we are throwing away the information these terror leaders have in their heads.

    By Bret Rivers

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Ed, I suspect the reason for the difference in attitudes is due to the rationale behind each action. There is limited evidence to support a claim that collateral damage is more likely if delivered by unmanned as opposed to manned aircraft and most complaints appear to be based upon the authoritative process rather than justification. Not sure why citizenship is being raised as an issue; presumably a terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist. With EIT, the lack of transparency both in process and tangible gains, coupled to some dubious justifications in some cases, opens the debate up on moral grounds and whether the gains could have been made using other techniques.

    An interesting debate on Drones is whether the use of unmanned weaponry alters the cost benefit analysis and risk assessment so greatly that significantly more attacks are launched than would be done from historic conventional methods therefore making lower value targets accessible.

    By Nigel Benwell

  3. Ron N says:

    Enjoyed this topic. Altered my perspective on drone strikes.

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