“When are drone killings illegal?”
The Bush and Obama administrations’ extraordinary program of targeted killing has resulted in the deaths of as many as 4,400 people date. Books such as Daniel Klaidman’s “Kill or Capture” and David E. Sanger’s “Confront and Conceal” are appearing thick and fast, focusing on the program and particularly on the use of drones to carry it out. The belated scrutiny is welcome. Yet it still fails to critically assess the essential question: Is this killing occurring in war? Both Presidents Bush and Obama have attempted to justify thousands of drone attacks as part of a “war” or “armed conflict.” But is that correct?
Valid questioning of the current foreign policies and is easily something I’ve struggled with to comprehend or validate.