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Pentagon Wants Unprecedented $5 Billion for Drones Next Year

Glenn Greenwald writes:

Today, The New York Times describes the "growth market" for drones: at a time when Washington conspires to reduce basic entitlements based on alarmist warnings over the deficit, "the Pentagon has asked Congress for nearly $5 billion for drones next year" -- that includes dramatic increases in the number, types and uses of those weapons. The NYT says this "explosion" is "transforming the way America fights and thinks about its wars": note how the notion that the U.S. fights multiple "wars" at all times is just a given. In particular, the NYT correctly notes that the proliferation of drones will also certainly make wars more likely, given the perception that they are cost-free (at least to Americans, but not, of course, to the increasing number of countries bombed by sky robots). That is another reason to care about the debate over Libya: if Obama succeeds in entrenching the notion that drone attacks are not "wars" or even "hostilities," he and future presidents will be able to bomb other countries with even fewer constraints than they have now.

(bold and italics mine) Full article:
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/06/20...




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Drones are for cowards..

We all sigh in disgust when reports come out of that "Islamic extremists" use women and children as human shields. That is a cowardly act. Well how about attacking a region remotely, without any risk of shedding one's old blood?

I believe a moral people should only employ drones for reconnaissance. And when the history books are written, I'm sure it will be said that the use of drones is perhaps the single most angering to the Muslim's sensibilities. Drones are the OPPOSITE of the suicide bomber!

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This has nothing to do with combat drones

This money will not be used for combat drones. Not one penny. http://is.gd/oSZfa1

Some of you think this is still the time to play winky winky watch my wiener politics. That time is over. The time to redefine humanity is here. Education and information is more valuable than anything else on Earth. Cherish it while we have it. Learn as much as you can and spread the message as hard as you can! Talk WITH people rather than at them. Small towns guys and girls talk to the farmers, the ranchers, the people who run the stores. We must act as one to engage an entire people or we shall certainly fail.

Drones are an easy way to

Drones are an easy way to murder unarmed populations from remote. They are against the geneva convention, and are like remote killing devices on your own property which are felonies in most states here. They have always been considered wrong in every way, yet like torturing prisoners, all of a sudden we've seen a hard fascist push for their use - even after video tapes released showing their evil use - and the calls for assasination by the establishment, Bradely Manning, etc.

Eventually, if this goes on without being stopped, they will be soon be in use in the United States. Everything we see going on overseas with countries being mistreated, we see going on over here, including the checkpoints, tasering, bullying, beatings, and swat teams.

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Eventually kids in their living rooms will be the pilots

They just won't know it's really real. They're being trained well and mom and dad lap it up like corn syrup on corn-fed beef. Did everyone get their new nintendo yet?

Michael Nystrom's picture

Just like Ender's Game

Did you ever read that?

Ender's Game

Or like the lyrics to that Remo Conscious song, 'Land of the Robots'

Its the age of the cyber solider
where military uses video games to mold 'ya

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Drones represent immoral and savage progress in global warfare

Drones represent immoral and savage progress in global warfare. Much like the ICBMs where whole cities could be flattened with the push of a button, separating the destroyer from the destroyed, and then the neutron bomb, where entire populations could be exterminated without teh devastation of munitions.

In this case, its the video game come to brutal life. Its expanding rapidly to turn soldiers into gamers, but the outcome will always be the same:

Murder and devastation for the innocent.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

VERY well said

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ytc's picture

Glenn G exposes the bare TRUTH.

"[Obm]'s key allies: partisan loyalists unwilling to contradict their party's President no matter what he does, and "hawkish" Republicans who are always pro-war and eager to live under an unrestrained Executive. That is the faction that serves the private defense industry, enables Obama to do what he wants in these realms, and shields these policies from examination. But the linchpin of those efforts is to ensure that public opinion remains irrelevant in deciding when, why and how often America wages war. These "shut up" moments are unusual only in that they are candid expressions of that pervasive mindset."

** And this same unholy alliance will try to "ensure that public opinion remains irrelevant in deciding" WHO our next PRESIDENT should be. Ron Paul's only chance for presidency is for the general population to demand Liberty as Defined by him effectively & forcefully.

I just WISH he would go beyond his inevitable Left/Right

analysis and focus on the Neocons, Project for a New American Century, Trilateral Commission and so on. The uber-government. If he switched his focus from the simple sham of party politics to the puppet masters, he could influence the national debate more effectively. For instance, I've never seen Greenwald mention the curious fact that Zbigniew "I Heart Pol Pot" Brzezinkski was Obama's foreign policy advisor. It's as if he, too, fears losing credibility if he gets too close to the wacky truth.

To his credit he did speak about the immense power of the Israel lobby, which is a big part of the picture.

I'm for "drone control".

Stop letting the gov't have any drones.

I think it's time to tell the Pentagon, "Sorry. You've gotten all you are going to get. You'll have to make do with what you have for about the next hundred years. Try not to get into any wars, would ya?"
When Obama calls, just say no.