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  •  Your response to a war on a tactic... (0+ / 0-) to attach vague political implications to a particular platform that is technically and operationally no different from any other strike or reconnaissance aircraft in the present generation.  You don't show why this is, you simply state that it is and leave it at that.

    •  Technically and operationally very different (5+ / 0-)

      These drones can be seen and heard buzzing over entire regions of the world constantly, regions of the world with whom this country is not at war.

      You hear them when you try to sleep. You hear and see them when you work in the fields or go to the market, or send your kids to school.

      These are terror weapons, and any discussion of them that doesn't address this psychological dimension is pretty pointless.

      Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

      by chuckvw on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:04:19 AM PST

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    •  I must point out the obvious, maybe I missed (1+ / 0-)
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      something in this thread but drones use whom again? Some kid in Iowa sitting behind a computer screen, right?  What real danger is he/she in? Not getting his pizza delivered before his shift ends?

      Drones do not equal aircraft carriers or jets or even CIA operatives within a foreign country.  

      Soon, or most likely now, we won't need those kids playing video games in Iowa to do the dirty work, we'll have it all automated with computers.

      Then tell me the nature of war wouldn't have changed, for the worse.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:54:47 AM PST

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      •  Compared to what? (0+ / 0-)

        Are UCAV operators at less risk than fixed wing aviators?  Certainly.  Then again, how much risk do the flyboys take on these days anyway?  Injury and death in the course of these duties is rare and getting rarer.  UCAVs aren't a fundamental shift, but a continuation of a trend that has already significantly decimated the risk faced by operators in certain specialties.

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