June 8, 2012

Why We're Wrong About Drones

Joshua Foust, The Atlantic

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The New York Times' blockbuster article on President Obama's counterterrorism policies has sparked wide discussion of his evolution into a president focused very strongly on killing terrorists. Americans are also debating the effectiveness and morality of drones. These are important conversations to be having, to which I'd add some of the common misconceptions about drones. The first is that drones are cheap, and the second is that they're replacing other forms of military operations.

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TAGGED: Pakistan, al-Qaeda, Yemen, Drones


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