Brian McFadden is throwing with heat this morning:
Re the last panel, I have mixed opinions about drone strikes. I am appalled and ashamed that the US tortured. I also understand that it does not work at all.
Drone strikes? If one is at war, then why not discriminately target those who are using force against you and your allies? I hate the signature strike type missions (where a set of behaviors makes someone a target), but targeted killings? I prefer targeted killings to untargeted killings (which is what we would call Pakistan's counter-insurgency tactics). Drones are just one form of targeted killings by the way--they just have bad PR. People killed from a missile launched from an F-15 are just as dead.
The issues here are complex, but when I think of drone strikes or targeted killings, I think about the alternatives. When it comes to torture, this is not required. Why? Because torture is wrong, it does not work, and it undermines US security in numerous ways. One does not have to be a pacifist to abhor torture.