Up until now, President Obama has mostly gotten a pass for his extension of the drone warfare that began under President Bush. The folks on the Right have a good point -- what would the Left have had to say about such a state of affairs if President Romney were in the Oval Office?
In the last hundred years, starting when early 20th-century progressivism began shaping the ideology of the modern Democratic Party, the trend seems clear: Democrats seem to become more bellicose in their second term.
New forms of weaponry give us a technical advantage that may be unbeatable on the battlefield, but even with such superiority the mission -- achieving a durable peace and a political result -- may remain elusive.
The use of drones for military purposes is accelerating rapidly. To better understand the problems raised by drones, it is essential to set them within the context of the broader crisis our political system faces today.