Droning By His Own Rules

Dec 5 2012 @ 1:30pm

Will Wilkinson wants Obama to set guidelines for drone use:

Establishing truly general, and thus potentially morally justifiable, “rules of engagement” for drone attacks is urgent for a rather more important reason than the possibility that a less enlightened politician might come to power: America’s conduct sets an example for the world. As this newspaper noted earlier this month, “Staying true to America’s principles is one worry. Providing a template for other countries is another. China and Russia have similar technologies but their own ideas about what constitutes terrorism.”

He goes on:

The question Americans need to put to ourselves is whether we would mind if China or Russia or Iran or Pakistan were to be guided by the Obama administration’s sketchy rulebook in their drone campaigns.