FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pentagon Protester of the Week: FYI: Drones are always tools of terrorism

NOTE:  For those who don't know,  every Monday morning the Pentagon allows only the biggest idiots best and brightest dissenters to post up on the grassy area by the Metro entrance escalators and display their signs.  

Skeleton crew out in the protest zone this morning.  Only three out there today. Two older white-haired men (one with a backwards purple hat-perhaps channeling his inner 1980's MTV self) and a tiny ancient woman that appeared to be shrinking and disappearing under her large and colorful scarf/bandanna.

The protest of the week today: 

FYI: Drones are always tools of terrorism
Initial Observations:
-I am glad he included the FYI.  It immediately let me know that he had something of value to share with me.  Thanks shipmate. 
-For some reason, I didn't picture unmanned aerial vehicles when I saw his sign.  Instead I thought of Star Wars. 

-Nothing is ever ALWAYS. 
-I doubt he was referring to the Star Wars drones.  But who knows, some of these guys appear to be real wackjobs.
-In which case, I would be hard-pressed to find a way in which unarmed observation 'drones' are tools of terrorism.  

-Again we loop back to differing definitions of 'terrorism.' 
-Without getting too serious here though, a valid discussion could be centered around the relative value that the United States places on the life of one of its own citizens and that of someone from say, Afghanistan for instance.   This is a discussion (for a different blog post altogether) that is addressed early on in Shannon Beebe's excellent The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon. 


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