The first website that I looked at for this assignment talked about the pros and the cons for using drone strikes internationally.

The first pro that this article talks about is how drone strikes make the United States safer by getting rid of terrorist networks across the world. I think this is true because with using drone strikes we can easily find out where the terrorists are and easily take them out. “Drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia have killed upwards of 3,500 militants, including dozens of high-level commanders implicated in organizing plots against the United States.” This also shows how the use of drone attacks can help us stop new terrorist groups from starting or current groups from expanding if we keep killing high-level commanders of these terrorist groups.

The article also stated: “Plots have been disrupted that would have targeted international aviation, US transit systems, European cities, and our troops in Afghanistan. Simply put, these strikes have saved lives.”

I think that the most compelling part of this article to me was when it talked about how the use of drone strikes, in general, is safer for all United States military members because the drones would be launched from an allied country and maned from that country as well, so we would have a much smaller possibility of harming one of our own personnel such as pilots or ground soldiers.

Using drones to kill terrorist groups decreases the chance of a ground soldier getting caught in a firefight, getting hit with anti-aircraft shells, stepping on landmines, or driving over improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the harsh environment would also be a big role with the safety of ground soldiers.

Another part of the article that I found very interesting was when it talked about how the use of “drone strikes are carried out with the collaboration and encouragement of local governments, and make those countries safer.” I think this made me feel better about the United States using drone strikes because with the United States using drone strikes we are not only helping ourselves from terrorist attacks but we are also helping the smaller communities within the countries that the terrorists have taken over.

One of the last points that this article brought up was how drone pilots have a lower risk of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD compared to aircraft pilots and ground soldiers. I think this is huge because post-traumatic stress disorder is a large problem in the United States and makes it so the returning soldiers cannot return to civilian life with an easy transition.

Drone strikes have also only accumulated about one percent of the military budget  which would help the United States military cut down on cost seeing as the F-35 Joint strike fighters cost $9.6 billion in 2012, so continuing the use of drones would cut down on military spending and we could use the money we save and put it to other areas and help the United States economy as a whole.

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  1. Paul 3 years ago

    See the conversation this raised on The Fifth Column’s Facebook page:

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