House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY): Drones ‘carry out the policies of righteousness and goodness’
By David Edwards
Sunday, June 10, 2012
House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday refused to confirm the existence of U.S. drone strikes in other countries, but later insisted that the unmanned flying machines were being used to “carry out the policies of righteousness and goodness.”
During an interview on CNN, host Candy noted that an analysis by the New America Foundation estimated that drone strikes have had an 17 percent civilian casualty rate since 2004.
“Because I’m on the Intelligence Committee, I can’t officially acknowledge that we have a drone program,” King told Crowley. “I’m not concerned [with the casualty rate]. My belief is that when you’re in war — and we are in war — the idea is to kill as many of the enemy as you can with minimal risk of life to your own people. As far as the civilian casualties, every one of those is tragic. But the fact is in every war, there’s a large amount of collateral damage, of civilian casualties — whether it’s World War II, whether it’s the Korean War — and if we were using ordinary explosives, we would also have those type of civilian deaths.”