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What Does the New National Security Strategy Say About U.N. Asking the U.S. to Stop CIA Drone Attacks?


By davidswanson - Posted on 27 May 2010

Apparently the United Nations is going to ask the United States to please stop using a secret agency to murder numerous people with drones. What the United States might say in response is found in the new National Security Strategy which, like all things hopey and changey, is pretty much like the old National Security Strategy, and which declares:

"Military force, at times, may be necessary to defend our country . . . "

and which could have stopped there, stayed legal, and left well enough alone, but which goes on to announce the familiar non-defensive and illegal justifications for war making:

. . . and allies or to preserve broader peace and security, including by protecting civilians facing a grave humanitarian crisis. . . . The United States must reserve the right to act unilaterally if necessary to defend our nation and our interests, yet we will also seek to adhere to standards that govern the use of force."

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