We read with interest the recent editorial qualms concerning the conduct of warfare. The editorial sees the killing of enemy combatants as "executions".
This is especially interesting given a decade of cheerleading for all aspects of the war on terror. We recall full support for the invasion of Iraq.
Multiple surveys of Iraq war veterans find the overwhelming majority find it was a war that was not worth fighting.
The editorial fails to note that the drone policy was begun under President Bush. If drones are not used, Seal teams, Delta teams, or CIA teams will be sent after the same targets, often in Pakistan. They are not sent to arrest, but to terminate these terrorists and traitors (like Bin Laden).
If a drone does not return from one of these missions, we have lost a piece of equipment. If the Seal team or Delta team or CIA team does not return, where is his concern for those Americans? We thought the concept was Support the Troops?
Moral qualms or just hypocrisy?
Dr. Robert T. Nible
Submitted by?Virtual Newsroom
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The editorial in question objected not to war policy but to the unilateral use of drones to kill dissident Americans without any due process or any kind of review policy.)