The World’s Leading Nation (U.S. As a World Power) Essay
The CQ Researcher article “Drone Warfare” discusses the usage of UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles or, more popularly known as, “drones”.
The primary focus of the article is to illustrate how the United States government is using the drones and discusses whether or not many of the drone attacks have been legal. Since the C. I. A. , Central Intelligence Agency, has such influence over what goes on, they have been able to declare the drone strikes as “lawful acts of war and national self-defense in the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. While some people accept this,whether they believe it as fact or simply accept it as a national defense claim, critics have said “the intelligence agency’s drone attacks violate the laws of war because they are executed by civilian agents and occur inside another nation’s sovereign territory. ” The C.
I. A. has been targeting persons of interest through means of drones. When they have a confirmed sighting, whoever is in command tells the operator of the drone to fire a laser guided hellfire missile at the target.While these engagements are headed by the C. I. A.
, the question to ask is, “Do these increasingly occurring strikes fall under legitimate, legal war acts? ” A growing concern coming from critics is the argument that “drone strikes are fueling anti-American sentiment and spurring more terrorism. ” This roughly translates into a simple equal and opposite reaction idea: Wherever you take out a terrorist target through means of drone strikes, more neutral people will become offended, and the already offended could engage in more terrorist actions.In wars of the past, people become agitated when controversy erupts.
United States citizens do not like to be lied to, because this is a nation where you have to critically think harder than a politician who is delivering the speech you are watching. Most people do not agree with the foreign aggression that has taken place in the last decade because the whole reason our forces were sent was to “protect Americans. ” They have successfully protected American interests (oil etc. ), not lives, but at least now we know what is has become.The problem with this is that this idea died out around George W.
Bush’s first term as president, but we have been fed the same thing and everyone knows why we are there. Supporters of drone warfare are humbled by the fact that a terrorist target has been taken out with no American casualties besides maybe a piece of equipment. When critics see the same thing happen, they begin to question where to draw the line. The issue is that the line has been drawn already, but organizations such as the C.
I. A.Are willing and are able to cross that line and getting away with it because they are able to justify sending a hellfire missile into Middle Eastern territory. When agent orange was introduced into Vietnam, military personal were delivering massive amounts of it upon the native jungle regions of Vietnam, Eastern Laos, and parts of Cambodia. While it was effective at doing its purpose, it arose question from critics back home and the rest of the civilized world.
Unintentional casualties have continued to occur because of the lasting effects of agent orange.Much like how agent orange has caused defects and death even decades after it was used, arms from the drones in the present day are causing collateral damage as well. While effectively killing a high ranking C. I.
A. target, Al Qaeda claimed the target’s wife, three of his daughters, a granddaughter and other children and adults were also killed by the drone missile. Just because the United States has the strongest military and one of the largest economies in the world does not mean that it should be able to do whatever it wants regardless of the consequences, which are more often than not dismissed.The C. I. A.
Has far too much authority and the fact remains that even if everyone in the country disagreed with how they were using their drones, they would still find a way to do it discreetly or even through other means, but that absolutely doesn’t make it right. I feel that the United States needs to do what is necessary, but I am opposed to the idea that innocent people are often casualties of American presence in a region, or, in this case, the presence of a drone controlled by someone sitting at a military base back home when the button he presses kills people.