The President's Promise:
Global War on Terror to Continue, but with Fresh Makeup
By William Boardman
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Assassinating People Prevents Them From Attacking Us
The United States uses Predator and Reaper drones to kill people at a distance, sometimes at random, sometimes Americans or children, and after a decade of this practice, in the face of scattered popular protest, President Obama gave a speech about it on May 23 that was preceded by waves of advance media buzz that the President was going to change some of the policy in the global war on terrorism.
In effect, two American administrations have followed the same pre-emptive killing policy that can be summed up simply: "Assassinating people prevents them from attacking us, whether they want to or not, and it's not up to us to figure out what they want."