June 13, 2012
“Americans are the clear outliers on this issue,” the pollster reports today. “62% approve of the drone campaign, including most Republicans (74%), independents (60%) and Democrats (58%).”
In other words, most Americans – again, if we can believe this poll or any poll conducted by an establishment organization – support the high-tech execution of suspected terrorists without trial.
Moreover, 62% of Americans apparently support wantonly violating the Geneva Convention and international law on war crimes. So did the German people when Hitler was slaughtering millions in his quest for supremacy.
Conversely, there is “considerable opposition” outside the United States to drone strikes. “In 17 of 20 countries, more than half disapprove of U.S. drone attacks targeting extremist leaders and groups in nations such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.” Pew neglected to say “suspected extremist leaders and groups,” thus attempting to lead us to believe the targets are verifiable terrorists. Short of evidence, they remain suspects.
Incidentally, the victims were not polled. “A different question about drone strikes was asked in Pakistan and will be released in a subsequent report,” Pew states in small text.