To make my point even clearer: I think we have no more (or less, I suppose) right to make drone strikes in non-combative countries abroad as a non-combative country has to make a drone strike in the US.
Well, I voted no but on closer reflection should have abstained. Assassinations by drone or otherwise are morally unacceptable. Due process is crucial.
But drones for spying? I can't say that that's of the same magnitude whatsoever. You cannot equate the two.
"What right do we have to strike them? How would WE feel if they bombed us?" The them could be the Taliban, Iran, AQ, Syria, it never matters for the relativist. Because there is nothing uniquely positive about the United States, there is no interest in seeing democratic hegemony expanded at the expense of autocracy and radicalism (after all, is that really fair?), there is no side worth staking a claim to because staking a claim is inherently lacking in equity.
For the rest of us, we pick a side, we pick the US and democratic hegemony, and we're willing to bomb people who oppose and inhibit that.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
The drone program is making the U.S. a more hated country around the world. The result will be more terrorist activity aimed at the U.S. Everytime an innocent civilian gets killed, members of that persons family and friends and others in the community develop a strong dislike of the USA. This is where more terrorist recruits will come from.
Right now it is easy to be for drone strikes. When 20 to 30 countries have the capability and American's become targets around the world it will be too late.
Now is when America is showing the world how to use these weapons. In the not to distant future the President, and other government leaders will not be able to leave continental US without some sort of air defense.
By pressing the advantage now, you sow the seeds for years of strife.
Time flies like an arrow; Fruit flies like a banana. - Groucho
I also do not believe US exceptionalism includes the idea that we can do whatever the hell we want in another country then turn around and think another country acting the same is declaring war on us. We are but citizens of this world; we have to behave like citizens...Although we are free to protect our interests; we do not have absolute impunity for the ways we might do that.