Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
"Imagine that Russian President Vladimir Putin had used remote-controlled drones armed with missiles to kill thousands of 'enemies' (and plenty of civilians) throughout Asia and Eastern Europe... How would the [US] State Department treat such a practice in its annual reports on human rights compliance?
Conveniently, the State Department's country reports leave out the United States. Otherwise, it might have to pass judgment on President Obama’s use of drones to kill thousands of our 'enemies,' and lots of civilians, many of them far from any battlefield. But as citizens in whose name the president is exercising this power, we need to pass judgment... The more we learn, the more troubling the practice is...
The root of the problem is that [drones] make it too easy to kill... In his only major presidential speech on national security, President Obama promised that he would fight terror within the confines of our values and the rule of law. What happened to that promise?"
"What's Wrong with Obama's Drone Policy," The Nation, Feb. 13, 2013