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Unformatted text preview: North Texas Debate Drones Neg Groves/Petite MGW Iraq DRONES negative 1 ***Terrorism 1NC***Nuclear Terrorism Turn (1nc) targeted killings are a vital tool in the war against terrorism Simon and Stevenson Oct. 09 (Jonathan Stevenson is Editor of Strategic Survey and Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. *Steven Simon is a Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations . Afghanistan: How Much is Enough? Accessed from Survival , Volume 51 , Issue 5 October 2009 , pages 47 67) MFR Accordingly, Washington might continue its current policy of eliminating al-Qaeda's leadership through targeted killing . Although it is a controversial policy, the Obama administration's position in the freighted domestic policy debate on the nature of counter-terrorism is entirely consistent with it. Despite its declared post-11 September national security policy, which acknowledged roles for both law enforcement and military force in combating terrorism, in practice the Bush administration gave short shrift to law enforcement and strongly favoured military measures. Obama, both during the presidential campaign and after assuming office, decried what he and others viewed as the excessive militarisation of counter-terrorism in practice, and endorsed a more fluid, open-minded and pragmatic approach. While he would prefer to fight transnational terrorists with law-enforcement tools, he understood that that could not always be done effectively. In particular, he realised that the United States could not, practically speaking, dispatch FBI special agents to Pakistan's anarchical tribal areas and other ungoverned spaces in an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria to arrest al-Qaeda suspects and bring them back to federal district court in Washington for trial, so measures like targeted killing from drones were needed. Thus, Obama continued and in fact ramped up the targetedkilling policy when he became president . The new president confirmed his instrumental view of counter-terrorism in an impassioned but grounded May 2009 speech, in which he stated for the record that the counter-terrorism tool chosen should fit the particular circumstances. Though he nodded clearly to the preferred status of the lawenforcement approach in focusing on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and ending the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, he also argued more generally for 'strategically applying our power' as well as our principles, and doing so 'pragmatically'. The president further noted that 'absolutists' on the 'national security' and the 'law enforcement' side of...
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