Drones—Is Impersonal Warfare Better?

The U.S. is using drones more and more under the Obama administration. Not so much, I think, because of Obama, but because the technology is bearing fruit at this time in the history of warfare.

Drones can gather intel as well is shoot missiles. 

The advantage is that the drone pilots can be safe far from the battlefield. My father has a friend who has a daughter who flies drones in Afghanistan from a base in the Southwestern U.S. Then she goes home, after killing people during the day, to her husband and kids in the evening.

This is the future of warfare. Is it better or worse?

One thing to bear in mind: drones, like any military technology will be used against us someday.

Your thoughts?

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    Suzanne Olson-Hyde

    This is one of many slippery slopes. A person looking at a computer screen, cannot tell the difference between a child and an adult. Is that a kid down there, working in a garden, or is that an adult planting a bomb. In Afghanistan, they are collecting all the fragments, and are going to the UN to show videos of dead innocents, killed by drones. They will come into good use, eventually, but they are impersonal, and I would think the Afghanis and Iraqis are really over so many people getting randomly killed. This whole war thing is going to backfire on us, if it hasn't already.

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      Suzanne Olson-Hyde

      This is a quagmire - where nobody wins - Imran Khan is known to a lot of people in Commonwealth countries, as a retired cricket player and would be politician - America and allies will eventually leave - and nothing will have changed - Taliban and al-Qa'ida will survive and just carry on.

      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/pakistan-warns-it-will-h...

      Lots of stuff on the internet about it - Imran Khan is gathering momentum, and nobody knows the outcome of all this shite.

      http://www.google.com.au/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=imra...

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        David E Pierce

        I have friends in the military.  These drones are going into areas where putting our soldiers on the ground there would be a death sentence.  You want civilian casualties by the truckload?  Look at what happens in a Vietnam or Laos, putting boots on the ground in hot zones.  These scumbags shield themselves with civilians.  They will do everything possible to put an innocent between themselves and a bullet until they no place left to hide.


        I'm not saying I don't think this whole enterprise, as it's being conducted, isn't just a big waste of time and money.  But within the current (and fucked) constraints of the mission, the drones are saving our soldiers and more innocent lives every day than the other, bloody-as-fuck alternative.

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