The U.S. position, under the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, has been that drone strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders are lawful under U.S. and international law. They are permitted by the September 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force Act, which empowered the president to “all necessary and appropriate force” against nations, organizations or persons who planned, committed or aided the Sept. 11 attacks.
The United States also believes that drone strikes are permitted under international law and the United Nations Charter as actions in self-defense, either with the consent of the country where the strike takes place or because that country is unwilling or unable to act against an imminent threat to the United States. U.S. officials have been understandably reluctant to confirm whether consent has been given by particular countries
It seems to me a hard position to articulate, but there is a difference between Guantanamo and using drone strikes. At Guantanamo people are detained and tortured without benefit of a trial. I guess killing someone with a drone could be considered equally bad if not worse, but it is a far more effective way of dealing with people who have openly made themselves enemies of our country and professing that they have harmed and intend to harm us further. I believe people respect and admire Obama for not accepting that situation and taking decisive actions to prevent it.
No, drone strikes will not become Obama’s Guantanamo. President Obama’s decision to rely on drones was surely an effort to find a way to target terrorists without additional loss of US military men or women. For every drone used, that was one less pilot and crew that could be lost or killed. Newspapers have reported high civilian deaths with the use of drones, but does anyone really know the exact numbers that can be attributed to both drones and manned raids?
Drone strikes has problem as many argue that innocent civilians have been killed by this type of attack. Innocent people have been killed in any wars. Therefore, there isn't a new and added danger to innocent death in drone strikes. At least innocent death of soldiers could be prevented. The problem is not the type of attack but the intention of interest groups that do not want to give up their share, leading to endless conflicts and innocent death.