The current controversy over the use of drones in combat is misguided. Drones are distinguished from other aircraft due to the location of the pilots. But where the crew sits is not the right issue. This debate is another example of blaming technology for human misdeeds.
The U.S. government thinks giving Neal Blue and General Atomics $28 million is important enough to merit forgoing possible alternative uses of the money. Let's consider one of those trade-offs for a moment.
The "war on terror" was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief.