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  •  I think your last poll choice is actually (3+ / 0-)

    the most important.

    The drones, per se, are not the issue.  There is no such thing as precision bombing, whether drone or manned bomber.  Things are a bit more precise since the carpet bombing of WWII, but there is no degree of precision that will make up for targeting errors.

    While many folks think that manned planes are better at targeting, that really is unlikely to be true.  In this age of missiles...the people in the planes never really see what they are shooting at.  The target is too far away and its almost impossible to see anything useful.  

    There is a small chance that drones may slightly improve targeting...namely people are more likely to send in an unmanned drone to really inspect things without the risk of a pilots life.  That said, drones are ultimately flown by people back at base...people who can misread a target...people who can make mistakes.

    Basically, all I am saying here is that its not the drones that are the problem, its the people who are never as precise as the tools they create.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 11:57:02 AM PST

    •  Completely agree, there is no such thing as (2+ / 0-)
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      Empty Vessel, Claudius Bombarnac

      precision bombing so long as you are targeting "insurgents" or people that aren't clearly combatants.  Civilians will always be killed in this kind of warfare, and very likely in large numbers.  The decision to go to war is the critical point.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 12:11:31 PM PST

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