The Pros and Cons of Drones

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Wars are vastly expensive in blood and treasure. The outcomes are always uncertain, and continued public support is not guaranteed. Witness Iraq and Afghanistan. Faced with the threat of terrorism, the Obama Administration has "decisively embraced the drone… as a cheap, safe and precise tool to eliminate enemies." But the Obama Defense Department isn’t the only one adopting drones for reconnaissance and, ultimately, for targeted killing. Is it legal?  Will the US be vulnerable when China, other countries — or terrorists -- develop their own technologies? Will they make outright war less likely? Are their pilots committing remote-control murder?  We hear the pros and cons.

Credits

Guests:
Scott Shane - New York Times - @ScottShaneNYT, Michael W. Lewis - Ohio Northern University School of Law, Noel Sharkey - University of Sheffield, G.I. Wilson - Palomar College

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Caitlin Shamberg, Frances Anderton