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October 13, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Time for America to get proactive

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I don’t understand all the problems lawmakers in Congress are having with our use of drones against terrorists in the Middle East and in North Africa. As I see it, when a U.S. citizen joins a terrorist group such as al-Qaida or one of its splinter groups, he forfeits any rights he might have had as a U.S. citizen.

Whether declared, we are at war with al-Qaida. As the group continues to try to harm this great country, we must use any means we have available to protect ourselves. It is our duty.

For years the United States has been reactive. When a terrorist group attacks, we react and try to find the people or group that did it. I would suggest that we start to take a proactive course.

With all our intelligence-gathering satellites and drones, we should know exactly where all — or at least most — of their training bases are. Why don’t we use these drones or any other means we have and attack these bases before they have a chance to attack us? Maybe this approach would eliminate or reduce the attacks such as we just had in Libya.

We didn’t start this war, but I think we should use any means we have available to end it.

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