Some who consider themselves on the left side of the political spectrum argue that Obama is a war criminal for his drone strikes, and this interests me. Part of the reason is that he wasn’t a career politician with fingers in the workings of the federal government for years (like Bush the elder, for example). For all intents and purposes, from what I know of his history, he was about as close to just an average normal dude as you can get and still be President, yet he was convinced that the drone strikes he ordered were a good idea. Now, maybe he’s a racist sociopath, but for the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume he’s not.
The argument I mention above seems to me to be based on the premise that ordering drone strikes on civilians, or putting foreign civilians at deadly risk through such a strike, is inherently immoral, that there can’t possibly be a good reason to do so that would justify such a monstrous act of murder. One has to admit, that’s a tempting line of thinking, but is there a reason? Was this truly a tough choice on the president’s part, or an act of callous heartlessness? Obviously, we can’t know for sure what he was told, which is one reason I thought this might be more appropriate for IMHO, but decided to start it here.
Thoughts or theories?