Udall Agrees With Idea of After Action Reports on Drone Strikes

'I think that would make a lot of sense'

• February 7, 2013 10:03 am


CHUCK TODD: Let's talk about the framework here. You know the biggest defense of the president has come from Lindsey Graham. He said, ‘You can't have 535 referring to members of Congress, 535 commanders in chief, you can't have judges deciding who gets killed and when does a drone strike happen.' But I've been surprised that there is not even after-action oversight, meaning I understand that there's this — you've got to let the president protect and make these decisions, but should there be an after action provision that makes the president and administration defend every single one of these drone strikes after it happens?

SEN. TOM UDALL: Well, I think that would make a lot of sense. I'm not on the Intelligence Committee, so I don't know how much that happens. When the American citizen was killed, Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, I demanded the legal opinions at that time and I have pursued that. I think it's important there be the oversight, that Congress play a role. We're not trying to call the shots and try to be commanders in chief. What we are trying to do is find out what the legal framework is, what the limits are, to make sure that under any president this is done with the utmost care.

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