Ground the Drones

It's time for the peace movement to challenge the president's foreign policies.

By Medea Benjamin

Foreign policy played a minor role in a presidential election that focused on jobs, jobs, jobs. But like it or not, the United States is part of a global community in turmoil, and U.S. policies often fuel that turmoil. [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    They also create funerals for terrorists.  How quickly we forget that which should never be forgotten,

    Posted by Analog Kid on Nov 25, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    As well as turn weddings into funerals, and innocent children into char.

    Posted by Mike McDermott on Nov 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    You can place the blame squarely on the terrorists for that.  If they weren’t cowards, surrounding themselves with innocent civilians, it would rarely occur.

    Posted by Analog Kid on Nov 26, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    I challenge the fact that there are any innocent civilians. Would you stand next to a target at a shooting range?

    Posted by southtpa on Nov 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    A sanitary war ?.?  you don’t have to live with how many people you killed today…how many maimed - wounded - crippled - blinded…nice and clean and sanirtary No Boots on the Ground - - no hand to hand combat…..to face to face klilling - - none of that don’t shoot till you see the whites of their eyes. . . . .

    . . . During the Civil War - General Sherman said with his march to the sea - “THAT WAR IS HELL -.-  AND I’M GOING TO GIVE THEM ALL I CAN….”
    Drones?.?.?  Sanitary War ?.?.?  WHAT IS THE DETERENT -Your hands are clean ?. Why Stop ?..?

    Sit Back - relax . . push a button . . sit back and relax ?.  how many killed - maimed - wounded - crippled -  . . . . sit back and relax ?.?./

    Innocent ?.?.?  Guilty ?.?.?  court of law ?.?.?  Human Dignity ?.?  Compassion ?.?

    . . . . . No one wants face to face combat . . . eye to eye contact . . .

    A SANITARY WAR….....HOW DO YOU WIN A SANITARY WAR ?.?.  HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE THE WINNER IN A SANITARY WAR ?.?.?

    ABOUT THE SAME AS A NUCLEAR WAR ?.? YOU DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN IT UP…. I know its morbid - horrible - discusting -    I T ...I S .... W A R ?????????

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    Posted by William Bednarz on Nov 26, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Drones are killing thousands of civilians? I really would doubt that without accurate statistics. Of course innocent people are being killed. Hellfire missiles used by drones are laser guided and are not area weapons. Also, there is absolutely no evidence that Obama will join Israel in any strike on Iran.

    You also have to take into account that if unpiloted drones were not available, American strike aircraft would more than likely hunt the same targets instead. What’s the difference between using a Reaper or an F-16? Its cheaper to use drones and negates the risk to the pilot. Nevertheless, if there was no drone technology, something else would be used in its place.

    Posted by Frank Wall on Nov 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    If your point as regards the drones is that we must broaden our demands to include a halt in using strike aircraft in those situations as well, I agree with you.  If your point is that we citizens should simply throw up our hands and do nothing, then I stonily disagree.

    Posted by MHS on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    What is the administration’s criteria for acceptable innocent loss by drone strike?

    Posted by seamus37 on Nov 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    The targets are often innocent too. Plus, how do the innocents know they’re beside a target at that very instant?

    Posted by Philip Feeley on Nov 29, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Start here:
    Petition the obama administration to: Stop the drone strikes.
    http://wh.gov/902t

    Posted by IndyReader on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Why is the anti war Left anti Israel?

    Posted by craigpurcell on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Drones and Innocence   ?.?.?.?

    Is the engineer who design it - innocent ??

    Is the worker that builds it - innocent ??

    Is the person that arms it - innocent ??

    Is the person who sits back and pushes the button, that
    lunches it - innocent ??

    Is the person standing in the wrong place at the wrong time
    - innocent   ??

    YES…..NO….Maybe

    . . THE question - is do you think any of these people could
    change it ???

    WHO says NO ???
      to a degree everyone follows orders / and that’s their savior - just following orders…
    NAZI’s just following orders ??  Kill or be Killed

    the chicken or the egg…

    A child,  tries everyday to prove they are grown up
    . . . . Till the day they are grown-up and
    ...........they stop trying to prove - - -  what is fact…...
    just a thought - don’t mind me - thinking to myself

    Posted by William Bednarz on Dec 1, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Drones take care of problems that would otherwise put US troops in danger. Their use should have adequate oversight, and they need to be more precise, such as using a large drone to drop small drones with real-time video flight and detonation control and face recognition capability so they go off in front of the right face, specifically, anyone who claims the right to impose religion or other cultural “traditions” on others.

    Ten years from now drone delivery of pizza, groceries, mail, packages, etc. will be commonplace and we will wonder how we ever got along without it. Peer-to-peer communication devices on drones, smart phones, and other devices that treat every packet as a virus and accept no executables will be immune from hacking and government interference. Anyone who does not work in a factory or in one of the few remaining brick-and-mortar outlets will teleconference from home. Traffic will be a thing of the past. A trip to local markets to buy locally made products will be a treat instead of a hassle.

    Technology is progress as long as it is not controlled by the rich.

    Posted by Gosto Tothiwim on Dec 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Going to do it now, thanks.

    Posted by Fleating Control on Dec 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM