Ponnuru: Drones were absent from ’12 campaign
“Homeland,” Showtime’s series about an al-Qaida sleeper agent in Congress, is both implausible and addictive. President Barack Obama is a fan. That means he has heard more discussion of the downside of drone strikes in a TV drama than he did in the presidential race.
In the foreign-policy debate Oct. 22, moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS asked Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney, about the use of drones. Romney responded: “I support that entirely and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology and believe that we should continue to use it to continue to go after the people who represent a threat to this nation and to our friends.”
This bouquet in hand, Obama didn’t even have to use the word “drone” when his turn came to speak.
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