O'Malley calls for discussion on drone use following hostage deaths

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president, called Thursday for a national discussion over the use of drones following the death of two al Qaeda hostages in a U.S. strike earlier this year.

"There will and should be much discussion in the coming days and weeks about examining the military and intelligence parameters that need to define our nation's use of drones," O'Malley said in a statement hours after President Barack Obama announced that Marylander Warren Weinstein and an Italian national had been killed in a U.S. operation in January.

O'Malley praised the White House for the "decision to share this tragic information in a forthright way with the American people." The former governor also applauded Weinstein, the Rockville resident who was held in Pakistan by al Qaeda since 2011.

"Warren Weinstein represented the best of Maryland — and the best of America — in his selfless efforts on behalf of the people of Pakistan," O'Malley said.

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