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Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy


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Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy

Ann Wright

The militarization of U.S. foreign policy certainly didn’t start with President Donald J. Trump; in fact, it goes back several decades. However, if Trump’s first 100 days in office are any indication, he has no intention of slowing down the trend.


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That title should really be "Killer Drones and the Long-Standing Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy".


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The Mother of All Bombs is what you get when the man in the Oval Office delegates the overall strategy of war to generals in the field. What if Roosevelt had left it all up to Eisenhower?


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When you have drones, MOABs, mercenaries, and a big military budget, everything looks like a target.

A moron once said they hate us for our freedom. History wasn't his best subject.


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"War is terrorism with a Big Budget!"...And the #1 terrorist nation continues to slaughter for amerikan imperialism!


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We can be a warmongering empire our we can be civilized but we can not afford both. America needs to make a decision


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Our existing Power Structure made that decision on 11/22/1963, and EVERYONE has been suffering ever since.


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Not the American people.


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What if Roosevelt had left it all up to Eisenhower?

FDR was not so benevolent.

FDR chose to violate constitution and imprison Japanese Americans in internment centers. He also chose to imprison Native Aleutians and, in their absence, allowed the US military to trash their villages (Source: http://articles.latimes.com/1992-03-01/news/mn-5571_1_southeast-alaska-fish )

Under FDR, the US military massacred hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in firebombings. It was FDR who le spearheaded the development of enriched Uranium and Plutonium nuclear weapons. The site selection committee that Roosevelt pulled together specifically choose to slaughter huge numbers of innocent civilians in order to exact a 'psychological' impact. Their final decision was released following his death (Source: http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb525-The-Atomic-Bomb-and-the-End-of-World-War-II/documents/011.pdf ).

Also of note, is FDR's efforts to undermine progressive movements. (Source: http://www.hoover.org/research/how-fdr-saved-capitalism )


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Both establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans seem intent on maintaining the US militaristic tactics and the reliance on the military as a primary means of dealing with foreign crises.


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When since 1776 has US foreign policy NOT been militarized?


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Just saw "Churchill." In a speech, he describes the then-new German unmanned air weapons as "cowardice."
As an ally of the U.S., wonder what he'd have made of drones.


#13

Seriously?


#14

Good thoughtful article from a career military officer, and diplomat. Ann Wright has served us honorably since her retirement, trying to show an alternative to war, war, war, and the consequent anger of those we target (or who are 'collateral damage').