The world isn’t perfect, nor will it ever be. Some acts require military intervention, which involves many sacrifices for the greater good. Drones are a controversial method of combating terrorism. Some argue that these targeted strikes are unethical, ineffective, and only increase terrorist violence, while others believe it is indeed an ethical and effective method of combatting terrorism. With the information gathered, it is easy to come to the conclusion that drones are a necessary asset to the United States to fight terrorism.
My first reason is that the use of drones in war will cut down the loss of soldier’s lives and limbs. One of the way that this is true is by instead of having soldiers on the front lines we can have them here in the United States (U.S) (drones.procon). It is also tolded that drones can be launched from any in the world and are safe to launch from ships, land, and airplanes. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, are remotely-controlled aircraft which may be armed with missiles and bombs for attack
Drones are very cheap and anyone can buy them or make them. Terrorist and other countries can also use drones against us. In the article, Drones in U.S Airspace, it states “Israelis designed the modern, glider-type drone in the 1970s to be lightweight and small, making it inexpensive to build and difficult to shoot down.” This means that we are not the only ones who uses drones. According to the article by Paul Rosenzweig he states, “Drones have been used increasingly in military missions overseas, targeting al-Qaeda”, this means if we can use it to attack terrorist, terrorist can also use it to attack us. We should not use
Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been using drone strikes, against the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups. The U.S. Constitution requires that the government must go through a due process before making the decision of attacking and killing a number of people. Drone strikes are usually based on doubtful information, which takes the lives of innocent civilians. In the Middle East, civilians are being killed because of mistaken identity, and for just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Drone strikes are unlawful because they kill innocent civilians, violate due process, and result in blowback.
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. You hear a drone hovering in your backyard, invading your privacy, what do you do? Many choose the illegal path and decide to shoot or swat it down. With the rise in drone sales, more and more Americans are losing their privacy, and for this reason, the federal government needs to take action and regulate the purchase and flight of drones.
Drones have been used for many years. “Initially remotely piloted aircraft were used as target drones starting the 1930’S.” Drones are currently being used in many of these different aspects. Our lesson states “the nature and use of drones varies widely. Most are unarmed and used for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (ISR) functions. With reference to conducting attacks, drones afford attackers vastly increased capabilities and dramatically expand the options available to them. ISR drones enhance the ability to verify the nature of a target before striking it with other assets, thereby diminishing the likelihood of mistaken attack.” As stated, we are currently using drones for many things but I believe that we can continue
The United States has been authorizing oversea drone airstrikes from quite some years now, if fact, the first strike occurred on Feb 4, 2002. The purpose and reasoning of these drones are to eliminate terrorist overseas, prevent terrorist attacks, and keep soldiers from physically hunting down terrorist in enemy territory. Two problems with the drones are how they potentially create more terrorist than they kill and how they have been brought into our own country on a much smaller and non-lethal scale. Gaining popularity, domestic drones threaten to break amendments or even pose a threat to the civilian population. On the other side, local law enforcement, companies, and even the government can receive huge benefits from having a drone in their
Granted, the US military benefits from the use of drones to strike or conduct surveillance. For starters, drone strikes are cheaper than engaging in ground or aerial combat. Maintaining a single drone proves much cheaper than maintaining the number of troops required to complete the same task. Many more costs come along with the use of an army, such as the feeding and hydrating of troops, a very cost effective task. Drones, however, require a few technicians and a driver, a cheaper replacement. Another benefit includes the amount of damage drones conflict. Drones possess the ability to do just as much damage as a ground attack. They have, since 2009, killed over 2500 combatants, and dozens of high-class commanders of terrorist organization (Shane par. 13). The use of drones allows the US to eliminate many terrorist organizations, as shown by these numbers. These deaths have allowed America to live safer. Drones help to slowly defeat these terrorist organizations. Lastly, drones save more American lives. Using drones puts no American lives at risk since the placement of the drone driver lies far away from target and far from harm’s way. Compared to aerial or ground attacks, drone strikes save many more American lives since no Americans receive any threat. Though drones prove beneficial in a few
Drones are a better alternative to traditional methods of war because they kill less civilians, are legal under international law, and also that they do not create more terrorists than they kill. These facts will prove that older methods of war such as mortars, and bombs pale in comparison to the drone and the effect they have and will continue to have in the war on terror.
Drones have been one of the most controversial Military topics in the past ten years. Drones are planes that can be controlled by someone from many miles away. In the past few years, drones have been killing terrorists in the Middle East without putting U.S. military lives in danger. The United States Military should increase use of Drones because they can go places that are unsafe for a human, and save not only a soldier’s life, but also cost less money to manufacture than supplying ground troops and air troops.
Drones are an immoral counter-terrorism act that “violate international laws against summary execution” (Sluka 94). In other words the US might as well say they are trying to rid of Middle Eastern ethnicities in a rare form of genocide carried out by the use of drone and drone related air strikes. Thousands of war casualties fall victim to drone strikes, way more than the actual terrorists targeted by the
Warfare is an ever evolving aspect to human nature. Throughout human history, man has always invented new ways to kill one another. With the new current war on terrorism this idea still holds true. With recent advances in robotics, mankind has developed a new type of warfare. This new type of asymmetric warfare is fought against individuals that do not wear a uniform or have a sponsored country. This condition has made for a new type of weapon system to fight this type of warfare. These new weapons to fight the current war are called drones. “These drones provide a real time solution for the new faster paced warfare” (Rienhart). There is a lot of debate on the current use of drones in warfare and if they should be used to kill. Some of the debated topics include: success rate, civilian casualties, legality, cost and the lack of human boots on the ground. The drone has provided an answer to the new high tempo of the current war and is having “great success on disabling the terrorist networks around the Globe” (Rienhart). This is why our country must continue to use and develop our drone program to stay ahead of our enemies and take advantage of this new weapon.
In the article “Why Drones Work: The Case for Washington’s Weapon of Choice” by Daniel L. Byman many topics about the use and opinions of U.S. attack drones. U.S. attack drones are used in place of full raids or large bombings to take out terrorists. Most of the they the cost of an attack is greater than the drone itself. Many people have mixed feelings about the drones, but many people think that they cause many civilian casualties.
The usage of drones gives the government an ultimate power over its citizens. This power in all ways violates the rights of the American citizen. Rather than questioning the suspect, under current legislation they are essentially sent straight to slaughter, without any way of defending or speaking for themselves. They have no chance to stand on trial once they are targeted . Current legislation allows for drone attacks on United States citizens when:
The U.S government started using unarmed drones in 2000 to monitor Afghanistan when the country was at war. The drone program was expanded when the September 11 attacks happened as a way to counteract the terrorists. Drones were used a surveillance but this time most drones are armed with missiles to weaken and destroy terrorist groups power. The death toll from the expansion of the program, according to the human rights group Reprieve, found that in 2014 that US killed 1,147 people in Pakistan and Yemen in the course of targeting only 41 men. This has caused a debate on whether to continue to use drones or to destroy the programs. A large amount of