February 4th, 2002, was the date of the first drone strike performed by the U.S. Since this first strike, the U.S. has followed up with numerous strikes that seem to kill all but their intended targets. In Pakistan alone, drone strikes have killed nearly 3,400 people since 2004, only 2% of which were high profile targets. This means that the 98% are made up of alleged combatants, civilians and children. In 2006 there was an attack on a supposed Taliban training camp that resulted in 86 civilian casualties. 69 of those caught in the strike were children. The terrible effects of drones on other parts of the world are not hidden, yet the U.S. continues their use because of their cheapness and unwillingness to send in actual troops. This leads into the philosophical idea of drones, Daniel R. Brunstetter, a political scientist at the University of California, states, “in the just-war tradition, there’s the notion that you only wage war as a last resort.” This is worrisome for many as the U.S. seems to use drone strikes for just about any cause. The ability to blow up anything at any time is taking the humanity out of war and placing it in the hands of some guy with a joystick and a computer monitor. Whether you believe in U.S. drone strikes or not, here is a quote by 13 year old Pakistani boy Zubair, “I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.”
When it comes to the issue of drones here in the United States of America there needs to be more laws and regulations when it comes to the usage of drones and the many things that they are used for. Without this the drones will continue to come out in a negative tone.
Yes, there are critical flaws in the U.S. Drone program, because we are all afraid that the drones will be used against us. We are afraid of our own government. The government needs to find a way to convince the people that they will not be the target of a drone for having an unpopular opinion.
I believe there are critical flays in the US Drone Program. I believe the Drone Program has led to many civilian deaths and this is being overlooked by our government. These acts should not be allowed or tolerated. The Drone Program is not accurate enough when assessing what is and what is not an enemy.
We are at war with terror, and fighting a war means casualties. Unfortunately, drones have killed civilians. However, drones save American lives in that the pilots are thousands of miles away instead of in the cockpit getting shot at. Even though they fly lower, not many drones have been shot down due to their maneuverability. The U.S. drone program is just fine and their use should be expanded to the civilian market as the technology becomes more reliable.