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  •  Strategic bombers require pilots and (11+ / 0-)

    place the operators at risk - albeit minimal.  The drones are operated by non-uniformed personnel who do not enjoy the privileges of uniformed combatants and may be liable for prosecution for war crimes as a result.

    Further, no one would dispute that flying a B-52 over and dropping a trainload of bombs is an act of war . . . drones allow some wiggle room both for our government and the governments of the countries that permit us (however reluctantly) to bomb their own civilian populations

    I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by bobdevo on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:59:54 AM PST

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    •  An extremely dubious distinction. (0+ / 0-)

      You're quibbling over a loss rate of 2 percent over 0.  And Americans have committed non-uniformed personnel to special activities since the Revolutionary War.  Drones introduce absolutely nothing novel in that respect.  I don't see where you get the idea that drone deliver munitions are any less of an act of war than B-52s.  Or any of the other multitude of strike aircraft and and bombers in between these two extremes.

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