Inspection- To Drone, or NOT to Drone, That’s NOT the Only Question

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important deadline date. So, this week, two Inspection columns grace your digital domain…

by Ken Carman

 Listening to all the, pun intended, “buzz” about “drone warfare,” why is no one talking about the fact no new form of warfare remains exclusively “our” form of warfare? If I’ve missed it, shouldn’t it be at the top of the of our list of topics to discuss; especially since such an impersonal form of warfare could become a very personal event like 9/11?
  You really think terrorists: internal, external, Islamic; or far off the Jesus-cliff Christians, or Putin, or those fighting against his wishes, for that matter, would never, ever, attain, and use the tech? They’d simply keep it on their home turf? After 9/11, how delusional are you, if so?
 Hell, we should at least be talking security codes, isolated secure frequencies and refining tracking methods for any such attack.
  By ignoring this you think you’re safe in your home, your church, synagogue, PTA meeting?
 I ask again: “delusional?”
  The main problem, like any tech, there are consequences. We need to at least consider them, avoid those consequences if possible, or create even bigger threats to counter balance the equation if not. The last, I fear, may be necessary, for every bigger boom invented eventually falls into some enemy’s hands.
 No: instead we’re going merrily along chiding ourselves for using it, or saying it’s the best, safest, methoid of warfare for… us. All the time just considering me, me, me, I, I, I… just “us.”
 How self absorbed are we?
 Given Korea: where we “won” by losing half of the country, Vietnam, the formerly ever escaping binLaden, the wars that were supposed to pay for themselves where we would be greeted as liberators, WMD we knew how to find… apparently “very.”
  If we focus on it now, like we did nukes, maybe any damage will be minimal. When was the last Hiroshima, Nagasaki? Oh, that’s right: there wasn’t another. Those suitcase nukes we obsessed about where the fictional 24 actually predicted the future? So far: nada.
 We need to look to these successes too, and as much as it pains the left we need to look to how others were intimidated into not using them. And as much as it pains the right we need to study how working with others, even possible enemies, might prevent such.
 Regardless of any of that, to ignore what danger exists with drone warfare in the future is beyond “foolish.” It’s a form of intentional stupidity we may eventually pay for with thousands of gallons of blood.


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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