Are you not voting for Obama because of the drones?
It seems a lot of liberals are not voting for Obama largely because they oppose the CIA-drone war in Pakistan (and Yemen and other countries).
The administration says that very few civilians have been killed. But independent observers claim that perhaps 1,000 innocent civilians have been killed by drones during Obama’s four years in office.
I also oppose the drone campaign, but I’m still voting for him, because:
• About as many innocent civilians (~800) were killed by US forces in one week during the battle of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.
• The US military killed about 7,000 civilians during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. We’ve killed tens of thousands more during the occupation.
• Obama’s Afghanistan strategy lowered NATO’s share of civilian casualties from 50% of the total to 10%.
Nothing justifies killing civilians in warfare, but Obama’s policies have drastically reduced the number of civilians killed from the previous administration—perhaps by two orders of magnitude. And I don’t think the fact that drone robots shooting missiles at civilians is worse than when frightened 18-year-old army privates at Iraqi checkpoints fire bullets at civilians.