On Sunday the New York Timesreported that the Obama administration, prompted by the possibility of losing the election, has been developing a “formal rule book” to govern the use of drone strikes, which have killed roughly 2,500 people under President Obama.
I'm not a fan of drones.
I see the use of drones as an escalation of war -- before my liberal CEP brothers get their panties in a wad -- I felt the same way during the Bush Administration. Drones make the actions of war impersonal which can lead to loss of respect for human life.
An drone operator may sit in a nice office with coffee breaks, lunch, a comfortable chair -- coming to work at 7 and leaving at 5 and then leaving to go home to mow the lawn, eat dinner, sleep in a comfortable bed and then back to the art of killing in the morning.
War should be hell. Not a 9 to 5 job.
Drones have been introduced that are the size of a moth to the size of a large plane -- there are even drones that swim. The USA is the current leader in drone production and use -- but that will not last long. Soon everyone will have drones -- legal countries, crooks, terrorists, commercial companies, etc. The sky will be crowded -- a collision with a passenger plane is not far off.
We know that Obama uses something like a deck of cards every week to make his choices of who needs to be "taken out". Something a little too involved for the POTUS.
Who are the 2,500 people that Obama has had killed? We know at least one person under 18yo was killed.
If Congress were more responsible they would have worked with the administration to draw up rules and regulations on the use of drones. The administration has come up with a new set of rules -- evidently to ward off use by a Romney Administration.
What's in the rule book?
I think Pandora's box has been opened with the use of drones.
I'm sure stealth drones are already being built. A prime assassination vehicle.
In the end this weapon of impersonal killing will be worse than the proliferation of nuclear warheads.