Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drone

droneOur government has become prone

To the killing of foes with a drone.

Others’ lives are less dear

Long as we are secure.

My, how callous our leaders have grown.

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  • ...I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

    -General Jack D. Ripper

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Which of our generals will "exceed his authority"?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Just read an article citing the new all time high record of food stamp recipients. Almost 48 million Americans are now receiving assistance. It's mind boggling.

    How much of this trend is absolute need versus a paradigm shift in the value of taking such assistance. Is it becoming a benign choice?, simply no different than taking a tax deduction.

    Now if this trend eventually reaches a critical mass, where complete dependency is the new normal and unsustainable, what does the govt do to control this hapless group that now knows only how to forage from the govt utter? Might we see these stealthy gadgets flying over crowded mall parking lots, policing the ration trucks?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I thought that the subject of the post was drones.

    Now, if there is a proposal to carpet bomb food stamp recipients, let me know.

    And, as I pointed out before, the food stamp (now Link Card) program is to subsidize farmers. Let's run drones over their fields, too.

  • In reply to jack:

    Are you saying that an Orwellian view of these drones policing a populace is off topic?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    That isn't, but you sure haven't shown how subsidizing farmers or getting food into the inner city is.

    By the way, "1984" was 29 years ago. Wasn't Reagan in charge then? And yes, some pigs are more equal than others. Wasn't that Romney's point?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    ...or that it is wrong to give a cited reason for how or why it could happen?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    If you have.

    Many you could explain yourself instead of using catch phrases.

  • In reply to jack:

    mmm...I see, your digestion for theatrics is only tolerable for specific ideas. Should I apologize again?

  • I figure that the campaign in 2008 was to get out troops out of harms way, especially those who had lawn signs saying "Protect our troops, bring them home safe now."

    So, this seems to meet that objective. Someone mentioned on Chris Matthews today that there is always collateral damage in war, and drones cause far less than other means.

    Also, enemy combatants abroad do not have civil rights. Now, if suggested by Nova, someone is using drones to spy on persons masturbating in their back yards with high fences, that would be a different issue.

    Like the ACLU guy who complained on 32 about cops using license plate readers in parking lots, it might be creepy, but he didn't say that it was illegal or unconstitutional.

  • It's a dangerous precedent to give any president such power[to decide whom to kill with a drone]. The slipperiest of slopes.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    But then you get back to your "which general is exceeding authority" point. Somebody elected the President commander in chief, although 4zen apparently did not.

    I remember the debate over the War Powers Act in the mid 70s, when the consensus legal view was that rather than curbing the President's powers, it codified the expansion of them. And at least this President isn't sending troops into Nam, which has become our leading source of Swedish designed clothes and shrimp.

  • 4zen, no. Just try to explain yourself. In the meantime, I'm sure Aquinas will write about food stamps if it hits his fancy. There once was a Bard, who had a Link Card, she bought some milk, because that was her ilk, but she was lactose intolerant, like many politicians.

  • Pitiful that someone who claims to have been a teacher failed to learn history.

    When it comes to war, the goal is to remove the threat or to take the objective with the least amount of resources and loss of life to your own side.

    When you look at drones, they allow for a projection of force in to areas where if we used more conventional approaches, we would end up inflicting more fatalities, casualties and collateral damages.
    has the President targeted any heads of state or just enemy combatants?

  • In reply to Ian Michael Gumby:

    My friend, do you know who said "There's never been a good war or a bad peace"? Ben Franklin. How pitiful he didn't learn history either.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    But IIRC, Ben wasn't in favor of living under King George III, either.

  • In reply to Ian Michael Gumby:

    ... 'has the President targeted any heads of state...yet', fixed. And perfect for policing large hungry crowds.

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