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Madeleine Albright Supports Drones Because American Lives More Precious Than Other Lives

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Appearing on the MSNBC program, “Morning Joe,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said President Barack Obama’s drone programs have been “very effective.”

Albright’s remarks on the use of drone strikes were the following:

…[O]ne of the issues that actually came up during the Balkans in Kosovo — it was an air war and a lot of people said: ‘Well, that’s not moral, you should have boots on the ground. And at the time, I thought ‘Why should we get more people killed, why do you have to have boots on the ground when you can take care of the terrible things that are happening from the air?’ I do think that drones have been very effective in terms of getting rid of people that are bound and determined to attack us. But it has gotten to be a much more complicated issue and I think there should be a public discussion about the appropriateness of them… [emphasis added]

Albright is a Truman Democrat, a liberal hawk never who finds lethal force for “moral” or “good ends” acceptable as long as it is not the first choice or only option used to respond to “threats” or “adversaries.” She has gained some notoriety for her remarks in 1996 when she appeared on “60 Minutes ” to address US sanctions on Iraq.

LESLEY STAHL We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

ALBRIGHT: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said on MSNBC on February 4, when talking about being able to make “moral” decisions because he’s a Catholic, that the operations had been “effective.” Reuel Marc Gerecht, former CIA specialist, said on CNN on February 7, “I think you have a consensus on both sides of the House amongst Republicans and Democrats that the drone program is sufficiently effective for it to continue, and I don’t think that’s going to change.” MSNBC host Chris Hayes even said in February, in his setup for a discussion on the “kill list,” “The policy has been efficient and effective in decimating al Qaeda and other affiliate terrorist groups.” So, that Albright thinks drones have been “very effective” is not what’s striking.

What is striking is how she said rhetorically, “Why should we get more people killed, why do you have to have boots on the ground when you can take care of the terrible things that are happening from the air?” [cont’d.]

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."