and drones played no contribution factors into that even though they were supposed to be doing so, and suddenly one moment USA and other allies keep perpetuating the Chinese Threat Theory.
Actually, drones had a pretty big role to play in the situation with Osama. The reason he stayed holed up in that compound for so long instead of spending any time traveling in Pakistan was because he was afraid of drones and knew that if his location was known, drones would come, and that they can just wait around for him almost indefinitely.
Here's my spiel on this. I think using drones in another countries soil without their consent is wrong, but
if the conditions are that they are harboring a terrorist that is recognized by the UN for their crimes, and wanted by Interpol, that it's completely forgivable to fly in and just blow the fucker up without permission. If the host nation can't police it's own goddamn country, or god forbid is actually aiding and abetting mass murderers in the way that Pakistan knew that Osama Bin Laden was a few miles from their equivalent of West Point, then I say fuck it, blow em up and be utterly unapologetic about it. I do feel that collateral damage, however, is completely unacceptable.
The other problem with telling
these countries that "Hey, there's a wanted terrorist in your country and we know where he is, can we go blow him up?" has a striking correlation and history of alerting those terrorists and making them find another rock to hide under before we can get in there and take the guy out.
In other words, cooperate fully with getting Al Qaeda and Taliban elements out
of your goddamn country, or we'll fly in and do it ourselves. I don't really have sympathy for the will of a country that supports either organization taking refuge in their borders. I feel that setting a precedent that those bastards have no refuge is a good thing. Hiding amongst a civilian populace is a dirty trick, so is sending a drone in to assassinate an HVT. I'm willing to call a spade a spade and trade one dirty trick for another, but I feel it's a measure that needs to be absolutely reserved only
for high value targets(when used in other countries)
Beyond that, I love drone tech. It's the future of warfare in a rather big way. You can swap out operators on a rotating schedule and keep a drone loitering or conducting recon in an OR for weeks with aerial refueling, that's an absolute gamechanger.
edited 26th Aug '12 9:31:10 PM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.