Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What Drone-Drivers Don't Have

They don't have skin in the game.
An American F-16 aircraft was hit by small arms fire while conducting a patrol in Afghanistan last week, U.S. military officials said on Monday. ... The fire hit one of the aircraft's stabilizers and damaged one of the munitions it was carrying, said a second official, Captain Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Department of Defense.
There is evidence that the drone drivers are suffering psychological trauma from their role in killing people half-a-world away. It is still nevertheless true that the drone drivers' biggest risk of injury is from either paper cuts or carpal tunnel syndrome. The average hunter takes greater risks going into the field with a gun or a bow than does a drone driver.

The drone drivers are doing what the Air Force has ordered them to do, but let it not be overlooked that fighting by drone is a cowardly way to wage war. It is as honorable as shooting a manacled man in the back of the head.

The blame rests with the men who have eagerly adopted war by drones, namely, this president and the last one.

And yes, firing a cruise missile from hundreds of miles away is in the same league as launching missiles from a drone.

War was never meant to be fair. But it also was never meant to be a no-risk proposition.


Joe said...

The blame rests with the voters. Huge majorities of Americans like the idea of blowing up foreigners, but don't like our men and women in uniform getting killed while doing it. I don't know why, but there it is.

Doug T. said...

This reminds me of a great Star Trek (original series) episode where they run into a civilization that fights wars by computers. You put in your move and the computer calculates casualties and the correct number are rounded up and quietly executed. Our heroes saw that the absence of blood made the war sterile and brought back actual combat which ended the war pronto. In our case there is blood but not the blood of people that would bother the American people.

Comrade Misfit said...

A Taste of Armageddon.

Doug T. said...

Thanks, Comrade.