While morality warriors like our own JM can lengthen a comment thread to a tally of one than 150 comments I thought it would be interesting to post about this story , seeing that he is so keen to pontificate about the morality of shooting people from Apache gunship helicopters in Baghdad. You have to think that he is going to have conniptions about the way that under Obama’s administration the use of unmanned aircraft to target and kill senior members of Al Qaeda has increased by a couple of orders of magnitude compared to his predecessor.
What is the cost of rendering a terrorist harmless once and for all by killing him? During the course of 14 months, the CIA used unmanned and heavily armed small aircraft known as drones to stage 15 strikes against the presumed locations of the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. On Aug. 5, 2009, on the 16th try, the drones finally managed to kill Baitullah Mehsud.
On that day, a Predator drone was hovering about three kilometers (2 miles) above the house of Mehsud’s father-in-law, somewhere in the Pakistani province of South Waziristan. The drone’s infrared camera sent remarkably sharp images in real time to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The images showed the Taliban leader sitting on the roof of his house, in the company of his wife, his uncle and a doctor.
I think it would be fair to guess that JM would characterize the use of drones as firing platforms for hellfire missiles as a “wrong” , personally it just looks like smart use of technological superiority to me.