Pro to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
"Al Qaeda and its affiliates try to gain a foothold in some of the most distant and unforgiving places on Earth. They take refuge in remote tribal regions. They hide in caves and walled compounds. They train in empty deserts and rugged mountains...
It is also not possible for America to simply deploy a team of Special Forces to capture every terrorist. And even when such an approach may be possible, there are places where it would pose profound risks to our troops and local civilians– where a terrorist compound cannot be breached without triggering a firefight with surrounding tribal communities that pose no threat to us, or when putting U.S. boots on the ground may trigger a major international crisis... It is in this context that the United States has taken lethal, targeted action against al Qaeda and its associated forces, including with remotely piloted aircraft commonly referred to as drones...
To begin with, our actions are effective... Moreover, America's actions are legal."
"Remarks by the President at the National Defense University," whitehouse.gov, May 23, 2013
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the legal or strategic use of drone strikes; high-level military commanders; military officers with experience piloting drones; and executive-level federal government officials significantly involved in drone strikes and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
44th US President, Jan. 20, 2009-present
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2009
Recipient, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (for the audiobook edition of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream), 2008
Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
Former member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Former member, Foreign Relations Committee
Former member, Veterans' Affairs Committee
Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School