Skip to comments.Why President Obama is losing the drone war
Posted on 03/08/2013 12:49:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
President Barack Obama tried Thursday to offer a simple assurance: He isnt claiming the power to have drones kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil.
The statement, delivered in the form of a 43-word letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), seemed intended to provide the unequivocal declaration Paul and his supporters were demanding when he mounted a nearly 13-hour, old-fashioned filibuster on the Senate floor Wednesday.
We really had success, Paul told POLITICO in an interview Thursday afternoon. We got the president to respond, and the answer we finally got from the president was, I think, the answer we had been looking for all along.
The letter quieted the drone flap and allowed the confirmation vote on John Brennan to be CIA director. But it didnt resolve several key questions how broadly engaged in combat can be defined, for one and didnt come close to addressing the legal and policy issues swirling around the Obama administrations drone campaign overseas.
What the administrations recent responses did make clear: Despite questions lingering for years about the increased use of drones, the flurry of attention to the issue this week caught the Obama White House by surprise. The White House appears to have misjudged the downside of its stances on transparency and how it could bend existing legal principles to justify the program complicated by political miscalculations, fumbles by the attorney general and growing concern among some segments of the public....
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Yup. He’ll just have Eric Holder “deem” criticism of his programs to be “combat.” The Justice Department will issue a “finding.” The MSM will solemnly nod their heads in agreement.
anyone notice how quiet the left base is over this? Hello antiwar left? Are you still out there?
We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that weve set. Weve got to have a civilian national security force thats just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded, said candidate Obama in a Colorado campaign speech in July, 2008
Soon if you are at any protest rally against this marxist turd he’ll have some geek controlling a drone shoot ya with a hellfire of some such.
Kim from North Korea is my new hero.
Hey kim, just do it.
Imagine it’s, oh, the post WWII era, and Eisenhower announced that his administration will now be flying radio-controlled bombers over America, and if the president decides someone is a threat, well then, without any further legal process whatsoever, bombs will be dropped on that person.
Just step back and try - try - to imagine that.
And then, because that’s not enough, imagine Republican senators screaming in outrage that anyone would question the president in this matter.
Palin was right - stick a fork in us, we’re done.
The zero is losing nothing. It’s impossible.
Why President Obama is losing the drone war
Because he WANTS to lose it.. Duuuugh...
After reading the entire article, I am just mystified where the mindset of these beltway insiders is permanently stuck. Theirs is a paradigm from a decade or more ago, where everything is Dem vs. GOP and discussing constitutional matters doesn’t even show up on their radar.
HOLDER, DO NOT TELL US THE IMPROBABILITY OF SUCH A SITUATION. All I can scream is WACO! If there would have been drones during the Waco standoff, drones would have been Reno’ s weapon of choice against those AMERICANS and their children. Ruby Ridge, the entire area would have been nuked. I have no idea why NO ONE is asking Holder what the effing difference is between an artillery tank and a drone, except for technology. Ask the jerk what he would have done faced with both of these situations.
Big Brother Barack
Wants to give us all
A Fair Shot.
Could be a Silver Bullet?
Or an Obamadrone?
Or maybe a Breitbart drink - - - ?
I will donate a dollar for the first citizen that shoots one down.
I need a picture.
On the other hand, just killing them without arresting them is right because we know Odumbo would never deprive them of their constitutional rights.....or something.....
I heard there were 64 US drone bases and thousands of drones on order... how is he losing? The same way he lost ObamaCare?
There are nice private drones available starting at $200: