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Barack Obama: “I Don’t Ever Want to Get to the Point Where We’re That Comfortable With Killing”

“I NEVER MADE the claim that I was a pacifist. The speech where I announced my opposition to Iraq, the key tagline was ‘I’m not opposed to all war. I’m opposed to dumb wars.’ I was very explicit about the fact that there are times where we need to deploy our military to protect American interests and the American people. But we should be wise and restrained in how we use that power.

I don’t ever want to get to the point where we’re that comfortable with killing. It’s not why I wanted to be president. But do I think the critiques from the left, about drones, are fair or fully informed? Not

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