Could drones enter the presidential debate?


The CIA is asking the White House for more armed drones, The Washington Post reports — a topic that could come up during Monday night’s third and final presidential debate, which is focused on foreign policy.

As the Mitt Romney campaign seeks to portray the president as weak on foreign policy, keep these two figures in mind:

(1) President Obama has so far ordered five times more drone strikes in Pakistan than President Bush did over both of his terms, according to a 2012 study by the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School  and the Global Justice Clinic at New York University School of Law.

(2) The nonpartisan New America Foundation estimates those strikes have resulted in four times as many deaths as those under President Bush.

The ramped up use of drone strikes might make liberals uneasy, but it certainly doesn’t project weakness.