Think about it: What does a drone do? Like a modern car factory, it replaces a pilot, a skilled job that takes significant training, with robotics and a degraded version of the same job outsourced elsewhere.
American analysts would do well to appreciate the developing nuances in the drone debate in Pakistan before seeking to undermine the best program that the U.S. and Pakistan have in their mutual war on terror.
Following years of official silence, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh's statements on the legality of drone strikes last week were welcomed by many. But Koh failed to address serious concerns over the U.S.'s use of drones to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.
Imagine an alternate universe -- a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using on-board missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors.
How would you and your fellow citizens respond?
Many pundits have compared the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Vietnam. A more provocative analogy might be between the CIA's escalating drone war in Pakistan and Nixon's secret bombing campaign against Cambodia.
Robot war. It just couldn't be cooler, could it? Especially if the only blood you spill is the other guy's, since our "pilots" are flying those planes from thousands of miles away. So why am I not excited?