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War On Terror: Droned Out Essay

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Droned Out
Shortly after September 11, 2001, former president George W. Bush declared an international “war on terror.” He then sent troops to threatening countries such as Afghanistan; these troops personally conducted operations in order to honorably defend our country. Fast forward eight years and insert current president Barack Obama who continues the campaign against terrorism with a different approach. Instead of using real soldiers on the ground to fight terrorism he is essentially using robots. Obama’s counter-terrorism approach consists of targeted drone strikes where UAV’s are used to assassinate suspected leaders of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda. Meanwhile these strikes don’t ...view middle of the document...

Killing any living thing without valid purpose goes against American morals.
The U.S. takes great pride in our military, and depicts our soldiers as some of the best in the world. Now, because of drones, the standard for a great American soldier has changed. Instead of the strong admirable men that we’ve grown to know the new breed of “so called ‘warriors’ who just use computers to do this get higher accolades than the men who fought on the ground ever got,” are becoming more prominent (Babbin, 2013, Obama’s Drone War). These men are basically computer geeks who get recognition for risking their lives, meanwhile they’re sitting behind a screen. This is unfair to veterans of the past who have died or are permanently injured from actually fighting. Veterans are enraged by this, and now, they may question their patriotism. Since these veterans feed our depiction of loyalty and pride this is damaging America’s patriotism as a whole.
The idea of democracy is highlighted by the fact that the executives don’t have too much power, so they can’t abuse it. Nonetheless, Obama is abusing his abilities in this particular counter-terrorism program. He has an overwhelming power as far as tactics and people’s lives. This is because the drone system is completely run through him and his final decisions (Babbin, 2013, Obama’s Drone War). In the academic journal Legal Ethics Is About the Law, Not Morality or Justice: A Reply to Critics, Bradley Wendel (2012) states “Obama Administration have prepared a still-secret memo authorizing the President to kill American citizens abroad without a trial.” A weak president is bad, but one that’s too strong may be worse. A democratic government is useless if one person or program has the power to disturb its citizens’ freedom. Right now, the drone campaign is too strong because it is at the point where it violates the rights we have as American citizens.
The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Drone strikes in countries such as Yemen and Pakistan have stripped this right from multiple American citizens. A sixteen year old boy who was the son of a possible terrorist, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was recently killed by drone strike; to our knowledge he had done no wrong and was not a threat to our country. The strike took his life before he ever had the chance to defend himself in a court of law, and he was an American citizen (Wolverton, 2012, Attack of the DRONES.) This is clearly an action that went against the constitution. Abdulrahman was murdered as a result of assumption as well as because he was related to someone that could have been a terrorist. Being an American citizen, he should never have been killed without going through the due process of law. We still don’t know what the boy did wrong, so he might not have done anything at all. He could have defended himself and proved this in the court room. But, because he was...

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