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The Drone Debate: A Matter of Trust

arohling Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 9:19 AM
The basic question, as I see it, is; do you trust your government. I would say no. Unscrupulous leaders have acted in less-than-honorable ways in the past and will likely do so in the future. The one redeeming fact of taking someone out with a drone strike is that it is highly visible, and therefore unlikely to remain unnoticed. If the government ever develops a drone capable of taking someone out without a large explosion, we are all in trouble.
Texas Chris Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 9:45 AM
"Do you trust your government."

No. Rothbard had a better question:

"Do you hate the state?"

In conversations with those opposed to the notion of drone attacks against U.S. citizens, on or away from American soil, I ask a question as a consistency test:

Is your opposition based on a blanket principle that no President should have such power, or is it a spurred by a mistrust of the current administration?

In many cases I get the first answer, so I know I am engaged with a libertarian mindset, which I always respect and often share. We should always take great pause before empowering government to take bold action unilaterally that could result in loss of life...