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Drone Warfare

Cruising the Skies of the Greater Middle East Blasting Away at Civilians

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater Middle East. Those two invasions also loosed another deeply destabilizing phenomenon: 24/7 counterinsurgency from the air.

Terminating Our Terminators?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In every country (with the possible exception of Somalia) where U.S. drone strikes have been repeatedly employed, the situation is far worse today than in 2001. In the two countries where it all began, Afghanistan and Yemen, it's significantly -- in the case of Yemen, infinitely -- worse.

Killing by Committee in the Global Wild West

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

In reality, there's nothing "lone" about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington's drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.

Who Counts?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don't count and they don't count.

Assassination, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

No one can claim that plotting assassination is new to Washington or that, in the past, American leaders and the CIA didn't aim high. The difference was that, in those days, the idea of assassinating a foreign leader, or anyone abroad, had a certain element of the taboo attached to it.

First Nighter: Anne Hathaway in "Grounded," Irish Troubles in "The Belle of Belfast," Red Bull Theater's "'Tis Pity She's a Whore"

David Finkle | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Synchronicity can be a scary, shocking and ominously timely thing. Only days after Barack Obama apologizes for a drone killing hostages held by al Qaeda in Pakistan, George Brant's Grounded opens.

Manhunters, Inc.

Gregoire Chamayou | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Gregoire Chamayou

Initially, the English word "drone" meant both an insect and a sound. It was not until the outbreak of World War II that it began to take on another meaning. However, it was a long time before drones were to be seen cruising above battlefields.

Melding the Overt With the Covert in Drone Warfare

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

More than a decade of intense experience with drones teaches us at least one salient lesson: our robot warriors make war in the usual sense of the term, but in another way as well. They are not a military solution to a problem, but a significant part of that problem.

Are Pilots Deserting Washington's Remote-Control War?

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

The U.S. drone war is in crisis and not because civilians are dying. Back in the United States, a combination of lower-class status in the military, overwork, and psychological trauma appears to be taking its mental toll on drone pilots.

The Front Page Rule

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

The fact remains that if we didn't see enemy soldiers as "murdering terrorists" lacking the human emotions and rights of our own troops, and enemy civilians as "collateral damage" whose deaths are automatically the fault of all who resist us, then there couldn't be a drone program.

A Future in Prison

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

During recent visits with concerned communities focused on drone warfare, many have helped me see a connection between the drone killings across Central Asia and the Middle East and the casual executions and incarceration of young black males in our own country.

Why Are We Still Waiting for Answers on Drones?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Not one of us would stand by idly while a foreign government killed American grandmothers, children, and other innocent civilians via remote-controlled weapons that rain down death from the skies.

Religious Community Skeptical of Lethal Drones

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Currently, the CIA is engaged in the military operations of drone warfare as well as collecting intelligence about how they might be used. An upcoming conference will consider if the CIA should only collect intelligence and not actually be involved in carrying out drone warfare.

The Morality of Drones

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

It appears we will be engaged in the terrorist war for a long time, and drones are a useful weapon. But we cannot win wars from the air, and we need to keep in mind -- we need to seriously consider -- the consequences of using drones. Every bit of "collateral damage" we inflict creates deep-seated bitterness against us that will linger long after the fighting abates.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

Matt Sledge

One Year After Obama's Big Drone Speech, Promises Left Unkept | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One year ago last Friday, President Barack Obama gave a major address on drones, targeted killing and terrorism. The president and admin...

The Three Faces of Drone War

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, two of those faces have, however, faded into the background in recent years.

Cut Off One Head, and 50 More Spring Up

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Driving in the car with my children recently, I mentioned a briefing on drone warfare that I hosted. One of my eight-year-old twins, Stone, said, "You mean that we go to the other side of the Earth and kill people?" He was incredulous. So am I.

Why Washington Can't Stop

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's military plans and tactics since 9/11 have been a spectacular train wreck. But lessons learned from the collapse of war policy? Don't count on it.

Iranian Fighter Jets Tangle With UFOs (And Lose)

Posted 10.21.2013 | Weird News

Finally, a claim about the Iranian air force that might not be totally made up. According to the October issue of military aviation magazine "Comba...

Legal Showdown: 6 Experts Destroy Obama's Drone Policy

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If the administration has nothing to hide and insists that our drone policy is entirely legal, why not create an open and transparent process for the use of drones? It would bring the legal debate out of the shadows, a move that is desperately needed.

Yemeni Journalist: U.S. Drone Strikes Help Al Qaeda, Harm U.S Security

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 08.12.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Drone strikes continue to rock Yemen as the U.S. embassy remains closed due to terrorist threats. And yet it seems the United States' anti-terrorist e...

Tools of War Come Home to America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

More and more, weapons, tactics, techniques and procedures that have been used abroad in war are coming home, this time employed against American citizens.

Drone Spotted Near White House

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.18.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Look up, D.C.! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... drone? See it? Look more closely: Not to worry, Washingtonians. The d...

The Making of a Global Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's urge to take control of the global communications environment, lock, stock, and chat room, to gather its "data" -- billions and billions of pieces of it -- and so turn the world into a secret set of connections, represents a remarkable development.