Transcript: Rep. Rush Holt on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan – Oct. 29, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Rep. Rush Holt (D-New Jersey) on civilian victims of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. The congressional briefing was held on Oct. 29, 2013:

…War is brutal. It’s not clear that what we’re talking about here is war. But as our well-meaning Americans conduct these activities, they say, “Well, civilian losses are necessary in the real world.” It seems to me that what we’re talking about here though are deliberate attacks – not incidental, accidental, unintentional killings. These are very deliberate and very targeted. And it seems to me it changes the discussion. It is why drone killing – putting aside the impersonal nature of it and mechanism and mechanical nature of it, putting aside the long distance of it and the difficult in determining who should be targeted – because it is such a deliberate killing of people who cannot be personally identified, have no opportunity to either explain themselves or surrender, it changes the calculation that is made in determining whether the war is justified, the calculation of whether the United States should have a policy of this kind of killing…

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