We should be willing to look them in the eye and say, 'Submit to our will or die." But we're not. We fight legalistically, from spreadsheet kill lists and cold databases, off the advice of legal counsel and sheltered analysts, and wonder where our feeling of moral righteousness has gone.
I agree with you. Your statements should adjust our ROEs and will to fight; not the technology we use in the conduct of that fight.
We are conducting drone strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.
Failing to use technology and tactical advantage is suicidal and contemptable. Shall we invade ALL of these countries to kill just a few terrorists at a time?
What is immoral - turning an entire country/region into a full out war zone exponentially raising the possibility of shedding innocent blood in the cross fire, or targeted drone strikes against select individuals? - Might I also mention these are targeted drone strikes with the assistance and support of host nation governments responsible for protecting their people. Strikes that are conducted with the support of the host nation government cooperating to fight terror
(yes, as much as Pakistan sucks and stabs in the back one minute to the next, they still assist in this endeavor. A country that has never one a war is still sending soldiers into the Swat Valley to fight the Pakistani Taliban/AQ/terrorists; I've been to their amputee wards - they need these strikes too)
It is very easy to cry for blood and full military action until it is YOUR blood on the line. I have several bulged discs in my back, pinched sciatic nerves (my legs are numb), and a pinched spinal cord....at 30 years old, there are many days I can barely walk. I can't even get a full diagnosis of the extent of the damage without an MRI, which I can't get because of shrapnel in my chest. I have four combat tours. The last two I volunteered for....even after I had been wounded.
I made those decisions, I made those choices; I fault no one. Many of the guys I knew didn't make it home. More than half of my platoon was wounded in a single day.
What hurts the most is my kid brother is now on his second combat tour as an infantryman and I am no longer healthy enough to fight along side of him. It is shameful and STUPID to not use drone strikes when possible in lieu of flesh and blood. Your troops live to fight another day. The US does not control ground until there is a 19 year old with an M16 standing on top of that ground that says we do. A drone cannot do that for us.
But what a drone can do is attack targets that would otherwise be manpower and logistically intensive to attack......allowing our forces the freedom to attack and hold ground that is tactically more advantageous. A drone can also minimize collateral damage. The people in Yemen may grumble over some drones killing a few terrorists......involving US troops on the ground would most certainly rally more of the people to take up arms against us.
If the Canadians rolled accross the border to combat some perceived grievance.....even if they paved the streets in gold and put two chickens in every pot, I would take up arms against them for invading my country; just on that principle alone.
Oops....make that "won" a war