Sunday, March 16, 2014

Speak Softly...



Here's the first piece in a series based on famous quotes about politics. It was inspired by the words of our 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt. He was referring to U.S. foreign policy in his time - but this "Big Stick" philosophy strikes me as relevant to our present administration's implementation of drones in counter-terrorism. Below are sketchbook ideas which planted the seed for this illustration.





 “What I think is absolutely true is it’s not sufficient for citizens to just take my word for it that we’re doing the right thing. There has never been a drone used on an American citizen on American soil. We respect and have a whole bunch of safeguards in terms of how we conduct counterterrorism operations outside of the United States. The rules outside of the United States are going to be different than the rules inside the United States.” ~ President Barack Obama

“We’ve been talking about this for a good while, the immorality of drones, dropping bombs on innocent people. It’s been over 200 children so far. These are war crimes.” ~ Cornel West

If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of the U.S. Drone program,