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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    Maybe if people like you had been criticizing Obama for the right reasons, instead of scandal dandruff like Benghazi or his Birth Certificate, you would have had liberal partners on your side from the beginning. Obama's continued use of drone strikes is a disgrace to his presidency, and he will not be remembered well for it. We've been saying this since almost day one.
    It would also help if the left didn't become a group of hypocrites... hating on bush for everything he was doing, and then using bush's actions as justification for more of the same when Obama came on the scene.

    (Not saying the right are not equally hypocrites for different reasons)

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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

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    Wait! Say it aint so? Drone strikes actually are counterproductive and lead to more terrorists and terrorist attacks? [/FONT][/COLOR]
    But Obama loves drone bombing people!
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Drones were developed as a tool of war and first used in the field under President Bush, but only in the theater of war. President Obama and his administration decided to use the drone program for state sponsored assassinations outside of war zones and in sovereign countries with or without those countries' approval. To deny that is partisanship and pointless.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_s...stani_position

    For at least some of the initial drone strikes, in 2004 and 2005, the US operated with the approval of Pakistan's ISI. Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told The New Yorker in 2014 that he allowed the CIA to fly drones within Pakistan and that in exchange the US supplied helicopters and night-vision equipment to the Pakistanis. Musharraf wanted the drones to operate under Pakistani control, but the US wouldn't allow it.[101]

    Pakistan has repeatedly protested these attacks as an infringement of its sovereignty and because civilian deaths have also resulted, including women and children, which has further angered the Pakistani government and people.[85][102][103][104] General David Petraeus was told in November 2008 that these strikes were unhelpful.[105] However on 4 October 2008 The Washington Post reported that there was a secret deal between the US and Pakistan allowing these drone attacks.[106] US Senator Dianne Feinstein said in February 2009: "As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base."[107] Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi denied that this was true.[108]
    BBC NEWS | South Asia | Pakistan protest to US ambassador

    Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador in Islamabad to protest at a US missile attack deep inside Pakistani territory on Wednesday that killed five people.

    The attack, in Bannu district, killed five local militants, officials say.

    The protest comes as a top Taleban commander says he will pull out of a peace deal with Pakistan's military if there are more US missile strikes.

    Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the main commander in North Waziristan, has been at peace with the army since 2006.
    Pakistan was protesting unauthorized drone strike deep within Pakistani territory as far back as early 2008.

    Pakistan fury as CIA airstrike on village kills 18 - Telegraph

    Angry Pakistani officials have condemned an American airstrike on a remote village near the Afghan border which the US said was aimed at Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's second-in-command.

    Pakistan is preparing to lodge a formal diplomatic protest over the attack, which killed at least 18 people, because it was launched from four pilotless aircraft which intruded 30 miles into Pakistani air space from Afghanistan.
    Sure, Obama expanded the program (as in, did more of it), but the practice had been in effect much earlier. To deny that is to try and rewrite history. The way it stands, the Pakis allowed this at one point or another in the mid 2000s, then for some reason turned against from 2007 to 2008. So yeah, the Obama administration didn't really start it. It continued it and the evidence is in the words/actions of the Pakis in regards to drone attacks.
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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    But Obama loves drone bombing people!
    Drone bombing Muslims gives people the impression that he's fighting the War on Terror (still popular among centrists and the right-wing) without sacrificing troops. Seems like a sad political calculation more than anything...

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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    Drone bombing Muslims gives people the impression that he's fighting the War on Terror (still popular among centrists and the right-wing) without sacrificing troops. Seems like a sad political calculation more than anything...
    He's a Republocrat, of course it's a political calculation. Republocrats have long been killing civilians in far away lands for one reason or another. And now that the infinity war is on, well it's even easier to do. How many civilians has Obama gotten killed with his strikes? But we have to bomb someone...apparently.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Drones were developed as a tool of war and first used in the field under President Bush, but only in the theater of war. President Obama and his administration decided to use the drone program for state sponsored assassinations outside of war zones and in sovereign countries with or without those countries' approval. To deny that is partisanship and pointless.
    Frist drone strike in Yemen was in 2002. First drone strike in Pakistan was in 2004. That pretty much throws that talking point out the window.


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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    Whether they are unproductive depends on what the goals are. If the goal is maintaining an endless supply of enemies in order to justify endless war, huge defense and intelligence expenditures, keeping defense and intelligence contractors wealthy and continuing the constant erosion of our civil liberties, drones and related tactics are a big success. Not to be cynical or anything.
    This right here. The fact that drone strikes radicalizes people and creates more enemies than it kills is basic common sense that many of us have been saying for a long time. Our politicians may not be the smartest people in the world but they are smart enough to understand that. And they understand that there is a HELL of a lot more money in war than there is in peace.

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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Drone strikes in Pakistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    BBC NEWS | South Asia | Pakistan protest to US ambassador



    Pakistan was protesting unauthorized drone strike deep within Pakistani territory as far back as early 2008.

    Pakistan fury as CIA airstrike on village kills 18 - Telegraph



    Sure, Obama expanded the program (as in, did more of it), but the practice had been in effect much earlier. To deny that is to try and rewrite history. The way it stands, the Pakis allowed this at one point or another in the mid 2000s, then for some reason turned against from 2007 to 2008. So yeah, the Obama administration didn't really start it. It continued it and the evidence is in the words/actions of the Pakis in regards to drone attacks.
    I agree - the mountainous border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in my view, were part of the war zone and subject to the Congressional authorization to go to war with Afghanistan. As the Taliban and Al Qaeda scurried into the mountains, the US and coalition forces followed them, drones being necessary to find and weed them out. Pakistan, as a military ally of the US, was consulted and agreed to the US requests to follow the Taliban and Al Qaeda into these regions. Their opposition began when the strikes started taking out innocents, including women and children.

    I stand by my statement that Bush began using drones as a military tool in the Afghanistan war and Obama expanded the program to make it a tool of assassination in sovereign nations not at war with the US.
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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Seems the only defense Obamaphiles have is "but but but Bush". Between that and "you're racist" they have all bases covered.
    You can't reason anyone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into in the first place.

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    Re: Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    Maybe if people like you had been criticizing Obama for the right reasons, instead of scandal dandruff like Benghazi or his Birth Certificate, you would have had liberal partners on your side from the beginning. Obama's continued use of drone strikes is a disgrace to his presidency, and he will not be remembered well for it. We've been saying this since almost day one.
    LOL!!!! Thanks for sharing that.
    You can't reason anyone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into in the first place.

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