Defense

Americans Are Okay with Drone Strikes — in Other Countries

Activities of a Predator B unmanned aircraft are monitored at the Naval Air Station.

Activities of a Predator B unmanned aircraft are monitored at the Naval Air Station. // Eric Gay/AP File Photo

new Gallup poll suggests that public support for drone use, while broad, narrows as strikes get closer to home. Perhaps most surprisingly, 13 percent of Americans support the use of drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism on U.S. soil. Of course, it's also the percentage of Americans that approve of the job Congress is doing, so perhaps they're just contrarians. But if not: What's up with so many Americans approving of drone strikes on Americans in America?

Here's how the rest of the poll breaks down. Four types of strikes were presented: strikes against non-U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism on foreign soil; strikes against citizens suspected of terror on foreign soil; strikes against non-citizens in the U.S.; strikes on citizens suspected of terrorism on U.S. soil. As you might expect, support drops as each scenario brings the strikes nearer to the U.S.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire

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