Category Archives: Drones

On Drones, Stuxnet, And Dismal Statistics

Over the weekend, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported obtaining a Pakistani government report on drone strikes in tribal areas that largely confirms their estimates of civilian casualties. While the BIA deserves praise for crackerjack journalism, these numbers reinforce exactly … Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Drones

So on Thursday, May 23rd 2013, President Obama made this speech. It’s a good speech. I agree with quite a lot of it (by no means all of it.) But it’s not really fair to say that it’s reignited the … Continue reading

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Drone Hysteria And Our Defense Of The Realm

Rand Paul probably thinks every confederate casualty at Gettysburg was the victim of an extrajudicial targeted killing. Filibustering the nomination of John Brennan today, Kentucky’s teapublican senator spoke for the Lost Cause, insisting that a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder … Continue reading

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Drone Fever Peaks As Brennan Speaks

A recent Huffington Post headline: President Obama decided not to leave the White House without formalizing the drone warfare rule book and reducing attendant secrecy. That process revealed a robust conversation within the administration about the limits of drone warfare. Long … Continue reading

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