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Use of Predators Sets Dangerous Precedent


In May, as an intervention that was slated to last “days, not weeks” approached its third month, President Obama quietly authorized the use of unmanned Predator drones against Libyan government troops. This news was greeted with indifference by the American press and public, suggesting that many Americans have stopped asking questions about how the costly, deadly, unpredictable wars their government regularly leaps into are waged.

Apparently, it is no longer a notable event when heavily armed, remote-controlled planes hover over and occasionally fire missiles at targets in the Third World — unless your village is among those in the crosshairs. But Americans could benefit from a vigorous public debate about the ethics of drone warfare.

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