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  •  "A lot of people are being led to believe that... (8+ / 0-)

    there is such a thing as a clean war,

    ...and that the drone and what’s called targeted killing...

    it’s actually not a very appropriate term for what’s going on...because... these strikes are anything but targeted, in many cases...we don’t even know the identities of many of the people that we’re killing in intentional strikes.

    So, I called it Dirty Wars because there is no such thing as a clean war, and drone warfare is not clean...

    •  Even piloted aircraft using "smart bombs" or (1+ / 0-)
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      "laser bombs" are not "surgical" as we are too often told.

      The radius of bomb blast and normal inaccuracy in the drop itself make the oft repeated term "surgical strike" meaningless.  Even more so in an urban environment -- usage there is just laughable.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:30:23 PM PDT

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      •  A bomb is a bomb is a bomb-whether it's... (1+ / 0-)
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        delivered by a piloted aircraft, via an unmanned remote-controlled drone, or on a cruise or polaris missile.  The effects on the receiving end are often lethal or injurious to anyone within the vicinity.

        Besides the troubling ethical and moral issues involved, there are very real questions raised about the Legality of the US drone program.

        But, another thing that should concern even hawks is whether any possible short-term "advantages" gained by the drone strikes will be far outweighed by long-term consequences of this program that attacks nations with which we are not at war:

        Drone strikes that kill civilians (see the column at the right, with the #'s) have inspired an intense anger and growing hatred of America.

        While the US may have believed that their short-term policy of supporting strong-man dictators paid off in the immediate time frame, as our current relations with Iran have proven, in the long-term, this type of policy also has potentially significant negative consequences.  

        Rather than learning from the mistakes of the past, each Administration continues to implement short-term foreign policies that may work during the term of the Administration, but that hand off the long term negative consequences to future Administrations, and future generations.

    •  Sorry--the comment should be in blockquote... (0+ / 0-)

      following the link-I accidentally clicked the post instead of preview button before finishing the comment.

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