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4. About Leaving Afghanistan
residual force” he wants to leave behind). In a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in January Obama said, “By the end of 2014, the transition will be complete. Afghans will have full responsibility for their security, and this war will come to a responsible end.”The president will no doubt mention bringing the troops home from Afghanistan (if you ignore the “
The Obama Administration’s use of armed drones to assassinate targets overseas without any sort of trial or due process is making us more enemies abroad, alienating countries, and encouraging terrorism.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States has spoken out against strikes in her country, as polls show more and more of her countrymen seeing the U.S. as an enemy not an ally. After a memo outlining the Obama Administration’s guidelines for using drones to assassinate terrorism leaked, The New York Times described a horrific story of a cleric in Yemen who had denounced Al Qaeda being murdered not by the terrorists, but by a drone strike that happened while he was having a peaceful meeting with the Islamic militants he had spoken against. The United States killed a man that could have been an important ally.
The use of drones has gotten more attention over the leak due to the possibilities of the administration using them on United States citizens without any sort of due process. White House Spokesman Jay Carney has said there will be no further information publicly released about the drone program. Don’t expect the president to acknowledge that his administration’s interventions have been as harmful to the nation’s relationships abroad as his predecessor’s.