Drones in Yemen

Both Brian at Always Judged Guilty and Clint at Selected Wisdom have weighed in with their opinions on the suspected debate over whether or not to use drone strikes in Yemen (drones have been used for a while now, but only as intelligence gather devices.) Both come down on the pro side of the debate, although Brian does so with a few more caveats than Clint.

This is something I have been thinking about seriously for quite some time, and am actually in the middle of presenting my thoughts in the form of an op-ed, which hopefully will be published somewhere in the near future. If and when it is, I'll post those thoughts here.

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