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Sanders: I wouldn’t end drone program

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Sanders indicated that he would limit the use of drones so that they do not end up killing innocent people abroad, but declined to say that he would end the targeted killing campaign completely.

“I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case,” Sanders said.

“What you can argue is that there are times and places where drone attacks have been effective,” he added.

“There are times and places where they have been absolutely counter-effective and have caused more problems than they have solved. When you kill innocent people, what the end result is that people in the region become anti-American who otherwise would not have been.”

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Submitted by jo6pac on

Please I have my list (hand waving with paper) Please. Then sadly my list includes ?

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

Feel the Bern/burn from the Hellfire; go Bernie...

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

Cheney just endorsed Biden...
Just what more evidence is needed for the hopelessness of electoral politics in the US of A???

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Submitted by nippersdad on

I'm not sure what he was expected to say; that sounded like a reasoned response in a partisan atmosphere where liberals are already characterized as weenies.

I thought he threaded that needle pretty effectively.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

mebbe, but the drone program is terrorism by another name. How would we feel if Mexico started throwing drones at our gun factories? most of the politicians assassinated in Mexico were killed w/ guns of US manufacture.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

but the problem with drones lies in how they are used, not in whether or not they are used. No reason why "the drone program" could not be reprogrammed for other uses than the present paradigm of murder and mayhem.

To outright condemn them would be construed as his not being up to the task of defending 'Murrica, and that would be a godsend for the other candidates on both sides of the aisle. Not to mention the wingnuttosphere; they would have an almost cataclysmic spontaneous orgasm over that, while presently they have nothing other than the (poorly defined) word socialism to hang on him.

All in all, I think he did good. People underrate his political skills, but I have yet to see a situation where he has actually shot himself in the foot.....of course, we have yet to get to foreign policy. That may yet come to pass.