But I am curious about the actual questions.
As I read the POLITICO write up, respondents were asked if they approved of using drones to kill terrorists? That's different then what's taking place.
Drones are killing innocent civilians. Hold on a second. C.I. covered this.
This is from a segment of The Patt Morrison Show (KPCC) and the guest speaking is Mary Ellen O'Connell who is a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.
Mary Ellen O'Connell: Patt, I've got very serious concerns. It is true that if a drone is used on the battlefield -- and today the United States is involved in armed conflict hostilities in one place only, that is Afghanistan, that is the only place where we can use the current generation of drones lawfully because those drones fire missiles and drop bombs. If we want to do covert operations today, the United States moved to the point before 9/11 where we were not having the CIA involved in lethal operations. After the 1980s, the dirty wars in Central America, we got the CIA out of killing. That also followed, of course, the tragic years of Vietnam in which the CIA was doing a large amount of killing and we didn't think the way that Vietnam turned out was right for our country or right for the world. And then after the compounded problems of the CIA involved in lethal, covert operations, the Congress stopped it. Now what we're seeing today is not only a replay of that failure -- moral and legal -- to have the CIA involved in those kinds of operations but it is exacerbated by the this type of weaponry kills so many people in addition to the target.
If people are asked about the innocents killed by drones, would that have any effect on the polling results?
It might. So this may be (a) an issue of questions and (b) and issue of the need to educate the public beyond the rah-rah that NPR (among others) gives to the drone program.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):