LOS ANGELES, February 21, 2013—When President Barack Obama and CIA nominee John Brennan decided to employ the use of drones, the resulting kerfuffle seemed odd. If they want to deploy John Kerry around the world, why should we care? If Kerry successfully bores our enemy to death, diplomacy for once would be useful.
Enough fun. “Game of Drones” is serious. Despite briefly uniting on fiscal issues, Republicans face a split over drones. Ron Paul supporters have aligned with the hard left ACLU and Code Pink while the remaining Republican coalition lacks consensus.
President Obama was criticized by some individuals for joking at a dinner that any young boy attempting to date his daughters ran the risk of being attacked with predator drones. Humorless people should lighten up. One can criticize Obama’s policies while still recognizing that the joke was funny. Those thinking that one joke provided a window into his soul need to show their credentials. The man loves his children, an admirable trait unrelated to policy.
The real drone issue is actually two separate issues. These situations need to be dealt with differently since they are quite distinct. Predator drones are used to kill people. Regular drones are used to spy on them. While both of these situations are serious, there is a difference between observing people and how they behave as opposed to killing them.
The main issue is location. What happens on American soil is not the same as what happens overseas. Citizenship is irrelevant. Forget where people are born. What matters is where they are located at any given moment. American citizens have zero protections from the United States Constitution on foreign soil. The Bill of Rights leaves them the minute their passport takes them to another nation. Conversely, even people who enter the United States illegally are guaranteed protection from being murdered or physically beaten.
This same standard applies to drones. On American soil, the use of any drones must be prohibited. Conservative columnist and trained psychiatrist Dr. Charles Krauthammer explains eloquently the slippery slope position. Krauthammer is a “Neoconservative,” but emphatically takes the hard left ACLU position. As usual, he is right. So are the Ron Paul supporters. Spying on American citizens from above should not be regulated. It should be outright prohibited. It was Benjamin Franklin who noted that any America willing to trade liberty for temporary safety deserves neither. If spying drones were allowed here, at some point there would be a debate about using predator drones here to kill people. This cannot happen under any circumstances. The collateral damage would be horrific.
Foreign soil is different. America is in the middle of a Global War on Terror, despite almost half of Americans choosing to live like ostriches. Once somebody takes up arms against the United States, they are an enemy combatant. They forfeit the right to life and liberty. The pursuit of happiness does not cover Radical Islamist Jihad.
The President of the United States has to protect America from foreign threats. That is his primary responsibility as Commander in Chief. Liberals who make excuses for President Obama while holding a different standard for his Republican predecessor are hypocrites. Yet the policy enacted by President Obama is still the legally and morally right thing to do. Waiting for a federal court to authorize a strike against a target is not acceptable in a situation where even seconds of delay can result in massive deaths. As for the risk of collateral damage overseas, that is the fault of the terrorists using their own people as human shields.
America must have secure borders from external and internal threats. Fighting enemies in other nations is the best way to prevent the terrorists from coming here. Yet the Founding Fathers also understood the power of a tyrannical government. They instituted the Second Amendment to the Constitution and the rest of the Bill of Rights specifically to protect private citizens from the internal government threat.
Our government has the highest obligation to destroy external threats and avoid becoming an internal one. It is imperative that any American President have the right to aggressively use Predator drones on enemies abroad while not having the right to employ drones of any kind on American soil.
Liberals need not worry. John Kerry and his fellow leftists will still be allowed to live in America and poison our universities and cultural institutions with verbal weapons of mass destruction and oral warfare. The First Amendment protects those drones.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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