Nominee for CIA chief says casualties from drone strikes should be public

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  1. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-obama-nominations-brennan-drones-idUSBRE91E18N20130215

    He's just the nominee and of course saying they should be public, doesn't mean they will be public. But good on him for this at least.
     
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    The problem has largely been the "host" countries. If you are the government of XYZ, you likely don't want your own people to think too much about civilian casualties.

    But, getting back to Brennan's testimony and the mention of the issue by the White House, do you think it is OK to interdict an actual operational meeting for the planning of a particular terrorist attack? Somewhere between pure militarism and pure pacifism, there are some grey areas. Is this really a "war"? When are civilian casualties allowable if this isn't a "war"? Vietnam certainly did a good job convincing people of what was not allowable:

    http://billmoyers.com/content/vietnams-wandering-ghosts-and-those-left-behind/

    But, since 9/11, some of the lessons have been buried and forgotten. Here is Bill Moyers' take on it:

    http://billmoyers.com/segment/bill-moyers-essay-when-we-kill-without-caring/
     
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    Idk why people deceive themselves into thinking that what we're doing isn't a war. It is.
     
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    Certainly the terrorists who committed the 9/11 atrocities considered themselves at war, as do many of the groups that the US is trying to suppress. Frankly, I worry about the morality of the strikes, but much less so than the example we are setting. My concern is that extremist groups will see that it is easy to do damage with a relatively small drone that can be produced for a relatively low price. We could find ourselves having to defend against model airplanes or unmanned light planes packed with explosives, or armed with guns, or worse....
     
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    Agreed. He'll say what he needs to say to get confirmed. Nothing out of the ordinary to see here.
     

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