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  •  if you believe that (1+ / 0-)
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    you really need to read the referenced book.

    ". . . they can choose whatever target they want, and execute a strike with no accountability for civilian losses."

    Same old same old . . .

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:09:09 PM PST

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    •  I'll look it up even though (1+ / 0-)
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      it's going to depress me.

      But I guess the point should be that drone strikes only adds to U.S. capacity to kill with complete impunity.

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:10:56 PM PST

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    •  I'm reading the book excerpt on Amazon (2+ / 0-)

      and the difference is really that with drones, the military can commit these atrocities without having to look anyone in the face, from a distance, a safe distance.

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:19:57 PM PST

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      •  air strikes, artillery, Huey door gunners . . . (0+ / 0-)

        but it really doesn't matter.  Oh, it "bothered" a few, but plenty simply enjoyed it.  Lots of them just "went hunting".

        You have to read the book . . . the excerpts don't even come close.

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:30:23 PM PST

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        •  Door gunners came under fire once in a while... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...okay, pretty damned often... and pilots occasionally got shot down.  This insulates them even further.  And, without actually having to know how to fly a plane, they just pick video-game proficient kids to do the work.  Not a lot of moral restraint, from what I can tell.

          When banjos are outlawed, only outlaws will have banjos.

          by Bisbonian on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:36:20 PM PST

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          •  they'd fly around (0+ / 0-)

            looking for a guy and his buff out working the paddy and dust the buff and dust the guy and chalk up 2 kills.

            SOP

            Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

            by Deward Hastings on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:53:10 PM PST

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