Kaplan and Packer on Drone Warfare

Monday, May 31, 2010

a global hawk drone (rennettstowe/flickr)

Fred Kaplan, national-security columnist for and the author of 1959: The Year Everything Changed (Wiley, 2009), and George Packer, New Yorker staff writer and the author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009), talk about the use of drones and unmanned aircraft in combat.


Fred Kaplan and George Packer

Comments [4]

Nik From NH from New London, NH

It was sad to see you re-run tSdrone story a second time, yet alone on Memorial Day. Shameless. You and your guest were wrong the first time (these enemy followed by their journalist embeds) did have weapons and not just cameras. This was all brought to light once all of the tapes were analyzed. You should have ran an apology for this story and instead you play it again as a "Memorial Day Special" for your liberal friends who will believe anything negative written about the U.S. military. I guess I am naive. I just didn't think you would do something like this on Memorial Day.

Jun. 01 2010 12:21 AM
bob from office

john from office:

you sound hot!

May. 31 2010 09:32 PM
Jeff Stevens from Norther New Jersey

The use of armed "drones" is not a moral question. The brutal truth of war is its purpose is to kill the enemy and being better at that purpose via technology or tactics is not a moral question.

Should we ask the British Redcoats of 1776 if the American insurgents were being immoral when they hid behind trees instead of standing out in massed ranks as did the British.

Or was America being immoral when Grumman introduced the Hellcat in the mid-1940's that could out-perform the Japanese Zero and shot the Zeros down in droves.

How about the Barrett M-95 sniper rifle that can kill from almost 2 miles away; is that immoral because the enemy never even hears the shot.

The armed drones certainly pose policy issues but not moral ones.

May. 31 2010 10:40 AM
john from office

Brian, on memorial day, could you not do another story. Do you have to attack the military, always holding up American failures. "heros" like you never served, except maybe in the IDF. These soldiers are the people that stop nuts from beheading you. I suspect, you don't respect nor deserve that protection.

There is a circle in hell for people like you, populated by the Rosenbergs and Jane Fondas of the world.

May. 31 2010 10:19 AM

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