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Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?

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  • +89 +139 -50 Chuckwalla Apr. 24, 2014
    "Drones have far less collatoral damage than the alternatives, cost way less than manned aircraft, help keep our own troops safe, support the aerospace industry back home, and help us keep our country safe from terrorists. Yes, there are problems with killing innocent civilians. Know how many innocents were killed in other wars? Take a look and see why drones are vastly more efficient and respectful of human life."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Ethan Oct. 30, 2016
      "well said."
  • +56 +87 -31 Sarah Pearson Oct. 16, 2014
    "Drones are a necessity when it comes to fighting the war against terrorism. Drones are being used as we speak to kill terrorists and decimated terrorist networks in order to protect the United States. Drones are relatively inexpensive weapons, are used under proper government oversight, and their use helps prevent "boots on the ground" in other nations. Therefore saving American lives as well as US soldier lives. Many argue that there are civilian casualties with drones, however there are always casualties in war. At least with the use of drones we can limit the number of US soldier casualties. Weapons such as bombs and mines cause more collateral damage. Drones are more accurate. We are saving a lot of money by using these drones for our causes abroad. These weapons are stealthy and could only help us with their consistency. The US is desperate to win the fight against terrorism. Helicopters are massive and very noisy. Yes we still need the use of these helicopters, but with the use of drones as well guarding the skies can only help us. They are quick and efficient. Therefore aiding in a major decrease in violence surrounding war."
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  • +32 +60 -28 David Reddiker May. 24, 2014
    "Let me first state that this is more than just a government issue, and it has been veiled as that. The reason I support the use of drones, is not for oversea control, or any "domination conspiracy", it is for the people who have died in these pitiful wars. No one can really understand how many people die just for land or resources, and I do not agree with it, but since I cannot reverse it I seek to soothe it. If drones were implemented with as much training and responsibility as possible, thousands of American lives can be save to protect our country. I am not a devout patriot, I just do not want any more killing that can be prevented. Yes, war in general is heinous, but I do not think that is a question approachable with words. Drones are a slippery slope, yes, but so is every large decision. Before you click that red button, think to yourself the positive potential of drones. We would never have to fight offshore again, and American troops could stay with their families, and the tension of American involvement overseas could lessen. I hope some can agree, or at least understand."
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  • +22 +34 -12 Alex P Oct. 20, 2014
    "In my opinion I think that the U.S should continue to use drone strikes abroad. Drones are highly effective and are very hard to shoot down/destroy. With drones, we can attack the enemy from the sky or simply spy on them without them ever knowing we were watching. Also drones can be considered a good substitute for foot soldiers on the ground. By doing this American lives can be saved. And more enemies can be killed do to the stealth and firepower that these drones come with."
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  • +22 +45 -23 Thedita P. Oct. 20, 2014
    "Drones are highly effective at killing terrorists and other people marked by the military and the CIA as an active threat against the United States. Although there are civilian casualties, the civilian casualties that occur from a drone are far less than those that occur from more traditional weapons of war, such as bombs and artillery. Furthermore, the countries in which the drones are used have given the United States permission to target terrorists in their countries. How is it that target countries are saying that their "sovereignty is being violated" when it was their sovereignty that gave the United States permission to act in their countries? To the public, it may seem as if the United States is no longer actively at war because there aren't any boots on the ground, and sons and daughters aren't dying. However, the United States is still active participant in a war against terrorism, and it is due to the availability of drones that American soldiers aren't dying right now."
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  • +19 +43 -24 Alec Gannon Oct. 19, 2014
    "How could one reject the weapon that has killed the most terrorists in recent years? Simple answer: you can't. Drones have been the most effective weapons in killing terrorists. Therefore, if eradicating these targets is the main goal of the US, and these drones are efficiently doing exactly that, there is no reason to stop using them. Drones are keeping military personnel safe, and away from the war. Additionally, using drones can even be less expensive than ground or manned aerial combat. These weapons also lessen the chaos and scope of military action. The only question is if the use of drones is ethical, because sometimes they are used in an inappropriate, excessive manner. Drones should be used only if the target is an imminent threat, and there is no question the target is not. Furthermore, drones should not be used if they are killing innocent civilians. Drone should be used, but in regard to human rights and legal guidelines."
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    • +1 +1 0 Michael E. Kerr Nov. 30, 2015
      "Unfortunately, the safe guards you mention are almost never followed! Everyone killed by our drones are civilians who have been assassinated. The term 'enemy combatant' is an arbitrary fictitious label to allow our government to justify to the public its brutality against any individual it chooses! Not one person targeted was an immediate threat to America, 1000s if miles away!"
  • +18 +31 -13 stanley chan Oct. 20, 2014
    "The United States of America should continue its drone strikes abroad. The drones that are being utilize, play a vital part in the United States Army. Whether it is used for scouting or destroying, the idea of not using this critical tool is foolish. These drones do not only just serve to scout and destroy the enemy, it keeps American lives out of reach from the adversary. Although there have been accidents and innocent deaths, these mistakes are made even without the drones. Religiously there have been innocent people dying in warfare and that only comes with the territory of war. The United States should not back down from using these drones to serve and protect America."
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  • +18 +41 -23 fishtree Jun. 2, 2014
    "I agree with drones, as they are the first non-human 'soldiers' available. Hopefully, we will eventually fight wars with robots and there will be no ethical concerns."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jack Wright Sep. 20, 2016
      "But all war means is that you are willing to pay any cost to get what you are fighting for. Wars will always result in death."
  • +17 +27 -10 Collier Jan. 6, 2015
    "Drones fly into dangerous areas so American pilots don't have to. According to statistics from a recent war (Vietnam) 5,000 US airmen where killed, and 1,000 where killed or missing in action. General John C. Meyer, Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command, stated, "we let the drone do the high-risk flying ... the loss rate is high, but we are willing to risk more of them ... they save lives!" This is true, and by 2012, one third of the US air force was made of drones, nearly 7,494. Their overall success is apparent because from June 2005 to June 2006 alone, Predators carried out 2,073 missions and participated in 242 separate raids."
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  • +17 +41 -24 Tom S Oct. 19, 2014
    "The terrorists began the war in the air by using planes in the 911 attacks. The United States has responded in a smarter, more efficient manner with the employment of drone strikes. Drone strikes save American lives in a number of ways. To begin, they take US troops out of the Middle East, keeping pilots at home where they are not in danger. Next, and this one should be obvious, drone strikes kill terrorists and other militants, which not only saves Americans but any other targeted civilian groups such as the Afghan citizens who faced Taliban oppression.
    Others might point out moral and humanitarian issues, such as collateral casualties. Ask yourself this: would you rather see an American die? Perhaps your son or daughter. Only 8-17% of those killed by US drone strikes have resulted in civilian casualty, and as unfortunate as that is, drone strikes are not the largest cause of civilian deaths (at least percentage wise) in the Middle East. In addition, many believe that the "video-game" aspect of drone strikes leads to less frugality. I invite those who would say so to watch the wikileaks video of an aerial strike. Frugality regarding firing upon suspected enemies doesn't exist among pilots in the air."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jaron Mar. 4, 2015
      "thank you for a sound argument"
  • +16 +28 -12 PRO UAV Dec. 11, 2014
    "For all that say UAVs are expensive are not educated enough on the subject. One MQ-9 Reaper cost about 12.1 million dollars to make. This is low compared to how much it costs to support troops across seas. Deploying 1 soldier in Afghanistan for one year costs 2.1 million dollars. That is a lot of money if you want to have a lot of troops over there. UAVs have a lower collateral damage than actual troops. drones released 212 more weapons over Afghanistan in 2012 than they did in 2011. Meanwhile, manned airstrikes went down. Result? Fifteen more civilians died in UAV strikes, and 124 fewer died in manned aircraft operations. That's a net saving of 109 lives. UAVs are saving lives, not killing them.

    For those that say UAVs create more terrorists than they kill are wrong. People in Pakistan and other countries where we fly UAVs might want to protect their country but the same thing would happen if we sent troops over there. UAVs have killed over 64 al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders in just Pakistan."
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  • +16 +29 -13 Noah B. Oct. 20, 2014
    "Drones are a smart military option for the United States of America. Besides the obvious effectiveness against terrorist organizations, drones kill less civilians, as a percentage, than any other military weapon. The percentage of deaths being civilian from other U.S. weapons approaches 50% in almost every war, in comparison to drones which have managed to kept that percentage well under 20%. Also, these drones minimize the liabilities that are usually found from ground combat. From the air, the drones are much more distant from the battle and kept in a much more stable environment. Finally, to squash all further concerns, drone strikes are under strict surveillance and have to be cleared by the U.S. government well before each one is carried out. Congress is briefed on each strike beforehand, and President Obama has the final say on carrying each one out. These three reasons are clear examples of why U.S. must employ drone strikes in their military strategy."
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    • +1 +1 0 mcp Oct. 22, 2014
      "I am not sure about the source of your fact that Congress is notified about each strike beforehand. I do not believe that is correct"
  • +16 +41 -25 Natalie V Oct. 19, 2014
    "I believe that the United States should continue to use drones in fighting the war. Drones are the future for the army in technology and are providing safety for our men that serve. Drones are able to complete missions without have a person in it, instead a pilot 7,399 miles away in Nevada is able to control the drone. This way of attack is safer than being in a plane and allows us to keep more men alive. The United States is known around the world for having advance technology and drones are the next new step. They are efficient in their work and are showing other countries the type of power we have. During the Civil War hot air balloons were used to direct ground fire and to discuss important information above the battlefield.It is shown in our history that air cafts have been a postive effect for war tactics and have lead us to use of the them today. Drones are the future for the army because they provide pilots safety while being able to complete their job. They are fast, cause least damage than other weapons, and are accurate. Drones should continue to be used by the United States and will influence other weapons and vehicles to be controlled by distance to secure safety for our soldiers."
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  • +16 +28 -12 josh Oct. 15, 2014
    "I think the United States should continue to use air strikes or drone strikes because I think it is effective. Drones can easily be replaced which makes them good for attacks in dangerous places. A soldier's life can't be replaced. Drones are kind of expensive but they can save lives and are more effective than soldiers alone because they aren't very easy to take down and they can kill quickly. Drones can also attack from the sky and can fire on the target easily and more efficiently than soldiers in a plane which can be shot down. Drones can also be sent into dangerous places that you wouldn't want to send a soldier such as a mine field. If the drone gets blown up or destroyed it's not a big deal because they can be replaced. But if a soldier gets killed you have to replace the soldier which isn't as easy to replace because not everyone wants to be a soldier or can be a good soldier. Also, you have to train soldiers which takes time. If the drone gets destroyed, you can get a new one and it's ready to go. Drone strikes are also good because the targets may be looking for soldiers on the ground instead of the sky and they get attacked by a drone which can give you the upper hand. I think the U.S. should use drones."
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  • +15 +18 -3 Rachael A. Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drones are a much needed tool in fighting a war on terrorism because they provide a much better tactical advantage. They allow us to view surveillance footage as it happens on the ground, which is important, especially in a war on terrorism because then the commands structure can make better, more informed decisions depending on what they just watched.They lets us kill terrorists in oversea countries without risking the lives of trained pilots. Also drones are more accurate than fighter bombers. Some might argue that it is not the lives of pilots that are of concern with using drones, civilian lives.While there are casualties with drones, the number is lower than other forms of weaponry used to target terrorists. Also there are always going to be civilian casualties when fighting a war, they are inevitable. Drones also cause less collateral damage because they can hit a target such as a moving car, and succeed without causing damage to the street. Some people say that drones shouldn't be used because they are expensive costing around $95,000, but they are in fact much cheaper than conventional attack methods, Tomahawk cruise missile which costs around $1.41 million. Overall the use of drones is an advancement in warfare."
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  • +15 +26 -11 Vutech Oct. 19, 2014
    "There are a few reasons why America should use drones to fight terrorism, the main reason however is simple; by using drones we decrease the number casualties that occur while fighting terrorism. The main argument against drones is that the drones end up killing people who are not actually terrorist and in result this creates hatred for America. Who cares? We are America, we will always have a target on our back no matter what we do. This is shown in World War Two, we at the start did not want to get involved. But the world always had intentions of getting us involved, so isolation is not the answer. By using drones, America can kill more terrorist, scout, and we are also saving American lives. We also save money! There is no reason not to use drones other than some humanitarian person saying that some innocent family will be killed. Guess what, that innocent family is going to be killed no matter if it is by an F-16 strike or a drone, so we might as well save money and American lives in the process. Finally, American military who sacrifice their lives to protect this country would feel not only safer, but they would BE safer. If you don't value an American military life, than you are not an American."
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  • +15 +26 -11 Jack D Oct. 19, 2014
    "I believe that the U.S should use drones to help America in the war against terrorism. There should be some limits on the rules on what we can do with them In the U.S or other world use. In the U.S we could only use then if we feel like there is a threat. In other countries we should use them whenever a country doesn't like us and we feel threat by the country. The U.S is a national superpower and they have the right to go over other countries because we wants best for the whole world. Drones help the U.S a lot because we can take out the enemy without losing an American life. Drones are a helpful thing during war, because they are sneaky and quiet so the enemy cannot here them. They also have cameras on them so they can see what is going on the ground. Even though they are thousands of feet in the air. They carry missal and can blow up the enemy. If the U.S takes away the drones that would affect us because if a drone goes down it's a plane that flies if a human were in one the human would die. An American life or a plane with no one in it."
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  • +15 +25 -10 Nicole Padrazo Oct. 19, 2014
    "Drones should be used in the war against terror. The first reason is because they are extremely effective. Since the war on terror began in 2001, drones have killed over 3,500 enemy people. The United States had been able to effectively take down organizations and groups who threaten the country efficiently. Another reason they should be used is because of their accuracy. Drones are fired by a person, who is not driving the plane, and then led by another person with a laser. The missile does not stop until it reaches its target or is interrupted by another object. This is a plus for the use of drones because it ensures that there will not be as many civilian casualties. A final reason that drones should be used is because it prevents American casualties. Because these drones are not flown by people in the actual plane, the most that the United States loses if the drone goes down is money. This is the biggest plus to using drones. If the United States can effectively use a tool to defeat the enemy without suffering any casualties there is absolutely no reason that this tool should not be used. Overall, the United States should absolutely use drones in the fight on terror because it is extremely effective, accurate, and safer to use"
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  • +15 +23 -8 Nick Campanella Oct. 19, 2014
    "I believe that the Untied States should continue its use of drone strikes. When pilots are flying fighter jets they could get fatigued from flying for a long period of time. The drones are controlled by technology, so there's no pilot flying them. The drones can stay in the air much long than fighter jets. Drones only need to land to be refueled and that's not for a while. Drones can also save the lives of American soldiers, The US can just send out a drone to complete a mission, without sending any troops and risking lives. The drones can just eliminate the target from above rather than an assault on the ground. Since the drones are at such a high altitude, these drones are stealthy, it's almost impossible for the enemy to spot. Basically we have the element of surprise. The drones also have adjustable rotating cameras, so the drones can see the entire ground below. If there is a terrorist or terrorist group, the drone will find them faster than soldiers on the ground. Since the drone is so high up it can cover more ground. Some people believe that drones kill many innocent people, but many innocent people died in past wars. Drones can save the lives of American Soldiers."
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  • +14 +18 -4 alesa Jan. 26, 2015
    "The United States use of armed drones has two unique advantages over manned aircraft, distant missile strikes, and special operations raids when it comes to destroying targets. Drones allow for sustained persistence over potential targets. The existing United States arsenal of armed drones-primarily the Predator and Reaper can remain aloft, fully loaded with munitions, for over 14 hours, compared to 4 hours or less for F-16 fighter jets. Unlike manned aircraft or raids, drones fly directly over hostile territory without placing ground troops at risk of injury, capture, or even death. Targeted drone strikes by the United States against terrorists comply with international law, particularly with the law of war, both because the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al Qaeda and associated forces and because the United States has an inherent right of self-defense."
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  • +14 +24 -10 xxcomedymasterxx Dec. 10, 2014
    "this is a good thing our drones help protect and get rid of the terrorists and it also has the plus of not having to drop soldiers boots on the ground we have our sneaky friend in the air."
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  • +14 +23 -9 Danny O'Brien Oct. 21, 2014
    "Drones are a valuable resource to have during wartime, especially when trying to pick out individual groups like the United States with terrorist organizations. First, the use of drones helps with post traumatic stress disorder. Which do you think is more likely to scar you for life. Watching the person bleed out from just feet away, or from a screen thousands of miles away. Next, if an american plane happened to be shot down, the situation wouldn't be as desperate. If a manned plane were shot down, the pilot could be captured and tortured for information. However, if a drone happened to be shot down, the pilot is still sitting in base somewhere in the United States. Drones are also very accurate and kill less civilians than any other military weapon. One of the most important factors for the United States to use drones is that Drones are much cheaper than engaging in ground or manned aerial combat. Finally, not only is the use of drones cheaper than any other method of combat, but it also allows the United States military to effectively take the offensive without risking any ground troops."
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  • +14 +25 -11 samantha cassidy Oct. 1, 2014
    "I agree with drones because it can save lives on the battle filed. If they improve on making sure it doesn't kill civilians that don't get kill."
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  • +12 +16 -4 Mickayla THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Yes, the United States should continue to use drone strikes abroad because it takes our soldiers off the battle field. Also people argue that people across the pond hate us even more because they want revenge for the drones killing their family member(s). It would be the same thing if it was our soldiers out their, it wouldn't make the difference. I look at it as a step forward, at least its not a nuclear advancement in the way we solve problems in other countries."
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  • +12 +16 -4 TylerTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "The United States should continue to use drone strikes. Recently there was a drone strike in the Arabian peninsula that killed the Al-Qaeda leader and a local armed group leader. drone strikes have proven their worth so why put our soldiers at risk when we have drones>"
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  • +11 +15 -4 Sage Creek Feb. 23, 2015
    "I completely agree that drones need to be used to fight the terrorism against America and other military activities such as surveillance. I have a sister in the army, and do you think I want her to risk her life and possibly die fighting over seas in a foreign country? What about the other families? Think about it! Of course not! Drones are the best way to effectively fight these terrible people who are threatening everyone's lives. I think the people who say that drones should not be used do not understand how the safety of our troops are very important. We should not send people when drones are available. This is just one smart reason that drones are good. So remember this out of everything: Drones save our lives, and stop the bad guys."
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  • +9 +13 -4 Ryan M Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drones are now an integral part of US military operations and cannot be rejected as a facet of the military. Drones allow the US to have military operations in hostile areas without putting boots on the ground. Soldiers on the ground risk firefights, landmines, and IEDs, drones eliminate all of these dangers.
    Drones are quiet and nearly impossible to spot, allowing the US to keep tabs on areas without alerting suspicion or putting troops in danger. While drone strikes do occasionally kill civilians, collateral damage estimates list 8-17% of all drone deaths as civilian. This number is lower than civilian deaths in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, among other wars.
    Drones also allow the US to limit the scale of its involvement in foreign wars, without the need for a full scale invasion. Drones keep many Americans safe and prevent the destruction of many American families."
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  • +8 +12 -4 Ebed Ja Mar. 19, 2015
    "Yes I believe the U.S. should use drones. Whatever technology we have that can save american lives should be used. Although I do believe we shouldn't be using Drones to attack nations we aren't at war with. Many people believe drones make it easier to kill. I say so what? If drones help are soldiers coup with killing so be it. Why would we want more soldiers with PTSD? On top of this, drones are far less expensive. Making the military expense less. I also believe civilian deaths happen without drones, so there bond to happen with them. I also believe drones are easier to operate and they can stay in the air longer. Drones sound pretty good to me."
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  • +7 +11 -4 Noah F. Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drones must be allowed to continue their oversea strikes. They benefit America in a multitude of ways. First they help to deal with terrorism. Over the past few years that drone strikes have been occurring, they have successfully killed various enemies of america there have only been a couple of instances where there was a failure due to the fact that an American was killed. On top of the enemies that drones efficiently take care of, they also are able to be used for surveillance of our enemies. They also successfully save american lives because we no longer need to have boots on the ground to deal with our enemies. They also are able to do some of the most dangerous missions that a person could not do because it is too dangerous or their lives will be put in too much risk. A drone helps to save lives of American citizens because by dealing with the terrorists there will be a decrease in the amount of terrorism attempts on the united states. Drones help to protect the lives of the people of the United states and therefore Drone strikes overseas must continue to keep the well being of the American people."
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  • +6 +11 -5 SteveTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "The U.S should continue to use drones. Yes some citizens die. Even though some of the citizens die so do the terrorist. We use drones so we don't have to send our troops out to battle and have some of them killed. In my opinion I rather have 100 citizens from a different country die then 100 U.S soldiers. Especially if one of the soldiers were a relative. My uncle used to be in the army and I know I rather have 1,000 citizens from a different country die than him."
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  • +5 +26 -21 DeathsKeeper Oct. 1, 2014
    "I agree. If u don't like it then I could care less."
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  • +4 +7 -3 corey boucher mr mcp Mar. 19, 2015
    "I personally believe that yes, we should use drones. Due to their stealthiness and weapon range, they have proven themselves to be very effective. They are more accurate, meaning that they are the most effective military weapon, with one of the smallest percents of civilians killed. Being unmanned allows them also to be a lot safer, reducing the deaths that would otherwise happen when they are shot down or malfunction. Even the pilots are safer, because the drones reduce the amount of PTSD ridden victims. Drones are lethal when put to use, and are powerful on a grander scale. Henceforth, they are extremely effective. this is why I state my claim as to why the United States should continue to use their drone strikes abroad."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Chris L Mar. 19, 2015
    "My grandfather fought in the Korean war, and shot a "quad-fifty" as an a artillery man. When I was younger I would ask him, "Did you kill anyone?", and he would respond to me the same way every time and say, "I don't know." The major advantage to drones is the efficiency. A drone shoots laser guided missile that can destroy buildings and accurately disengage any required target. Due to the high accuracy, the number of innocent casualties has reduced drastically with the use of drones rather than infantry or a maned aircraft. Finally drones are safer for soldiers. A soldier is removed from the battlefield which greatly reduces his risk of being killed and it also reduces the risk and severity of any post traumatic stress disorders."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Adam Duvall Mar. 19, 2015
    "When you look at what drones do and what they have done for the United States, I believe the positives far outweigh the negatives. First you must consider the purpose of drones. They have been used to avoid putting troops on the ground as well as the air, therefore reducing unnecessary deaths. The main purpose of these drones is really to create a safe country and eliminate any threat for the US. At the same time these can be overused by targeting threats that are not catastrophic to us. But for the amount of terrorists eliminated through drones, it almost overlooks overuse, which it should. This type of warfare also creates more of a quiet path because it takes no direct infantry and tends to be more efficient. I think the United States should continue the use of drone strikes because despite possible PTSD and unfortunate computer mistakes, it does far more good than bad."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Danny D Mar. 19, 2015
    "Yes, The United States needs to use drones, why should the US put troops on the ground, with a chance for them to be killed. The less people that have to die fighting and finding terrorist the better. People who are anti drone just say it costs too much, or is too easy to kill. It is much easier and cost effective to just have soldiers learn how to fly the drone, than to train them to put them through training, and provide for them, transport them, when we do not have to risk a human life, and have something that move much quicker, and shoot more accurate, and is secretive. Drones are a valuable asset and should be used."
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  • +3 +8 -5 John D Mar. 19, 2015
    "I believe the use of Drones would be useful for the uses of reconnaissance and scouting and a full scale attack on Isis. Many drones have cameras that have lenses that allow us to see targets from long distances. Another fact is that these drones can hide in the sky so well that a terrorist cant see them because of its cameras that allow it to see things at incredible distances and also its shape. Another way drones could be useful in the field would be for a full scale attack on a enemy base without sending in men to prevent causalities when it comes to a full scale attack on Isis. Drones are the next step evolutionary reconnaissance and warfare."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Daniel D Mar. 18, 2015
    "Drones are important for usage because it cuts down on the amount of American lives lost during war. Drones provide support in difficult situations, and can been flown without the risk of losing an American pilot if it gets shot down. These drones also allow the United States to remotely take out any terrorists without the risk of American soldiers being in danger. These drones also help prevent putting American soldiers on the ground in another country. Drones also allow for a more advanced form of espionage, which is extremely important during the time of war. Being able to locate enemies without having boots on the ground helps immensely in keeping American casualties to a minimum. Overall, drones provide crucial support and information while being able to minimize the amount of American lives lost during a war."
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  • +2 +2 0 adam s. Sep. 27, 2016
    "it kills less u.s soldiers because with drones around less u.s soldiers have to go on the battlefeild."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Seamus H. Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drone strikes are great because they don't put our soldiers lives at risk, they are more accurate than a manned plane is, and they allow for the attacking to be done from far away when terrorists aren't expecting it. Sure they do not always hit their target, but the are far more reliable and accurate than a pilot firing on a target. Also, risking our soldiers lives to take out a target is worse than possibly killing a civilian that is hanging around terrorists"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Ashley M. Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drones are the future of America's war tactics. Throughout past wars, we have used the traditional fighting method of fighting with men on the ground; however, drones have given our military a great new advantage. We now have the opportunity to kill the enemy without putting our soldiers in danger. These devices are extremely advanced in the sense that they allow us to zoom in on the enemy and make sure we can make an accurate kill. Although the drones cannot be 100% sure to not kill innocent civilians, they are saving many lives of our soldiers lives. When it comes down to whose lives we need to prioritize, I must be the ones fighting for us instead of those who are on the enemies side, even if they are not fighting."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Zander Mar. 5, 2015
    "Drones should be allowed to be used throughout the world. They can help us track anyone that we need to find using thermal imaging. They are able to stay out of sight when our enemy is trying to make plans to attack or harm the US people. They could help people in need. If someone has an American hostage, we could use them to help us track them. When they are going through the air, you can stop and think. Would you rather have Americans die in the mission while looking for someone? Or, on the other hand, would you rather have a drone go down and no one has a risk of dying? In conclusion, this is why I think drones should be legal throughout the world."
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  • +2 +8 -6 BrendenTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "To answer your question Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad? Yes they should. Drones are kind of like snipers, they protect the ground soldiers and prevent the deaths of many soldiers. But, drones are even better because they can prevent soldiers from being put into combat for assassinations of high value targets. Also, drones provide a much more accurate assassination attempt because of the recent technology of face scanners and the rockets can kill even more targets associated with the intended target."
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  • +1 +1 0 How are you Sep. 18, 2016
    "Drone strikes are ways of harming terrorist groups without endangering our troops. They kill citizens, but remember- terrorist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS are out to kill citizens, too. The number of non-militant people they have killed far exceeds the amount we have killed in our drone strikes."
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  • 0 0 0 bray Jun. 5, 2017
    "it is legal under us law"
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  • 0 +3 -3 decong Apr. 27, 2016
    "yes"
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  • 0 +10 -10 Prefer not to share May. 8, 2015
    "Drones are going through a similar stage of development, just as airplanes did before them. The technology is improving, and we just have to wait until it gets better. The innocent people that are dying: believe me, I hate that! But we just have to be patient until the technology perfects (or nearly) itself."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Devin H Mar. 24, 2015
    ""Bin Laden, a figure who terrorized the world for too long and the United States had finally stopped him. But how exactly did we do that? How did we find him after such a long time? Answer is the use of Drones. The compound that Bin Laden was hiding in was monitored and found by the use of Drones in the sky gaining intel and it just so happened they find a peculiar compound. Aside from finding and killing Bin Laden, drones have been used in the modern generation having multiple roles in war and out of war. Drones are what we are able to see and capture without actually being there. They are used to get into hard to reach places without being detected and without risking the lives of our honorable troops. If you look at it this way, without drones who wants to be the one to go behind enemy lines, watch over a certain point of interest for a 24 hour long period, and come back safely? A drone can do this all day everyday gathering intel we need and more to help progress. Drones are a vital asset to our military and are more reliable than anything we can use today. Eliminating special targets is what drones do well in hard to reach places. Drones save lives but also end the ones who are better dead than alive like Bin Laden. DronesFTW"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Leah H Mar. 19, 2015
    "I believe that the United States should continue to use drones. This new technology has improved our fighting tactics for the better and advanced our military strength. "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." Drones have become the newest and most efficient way to kill terrorism. Not only have drones prevented more terrorist attacks, but they have prevented casualties and injuries of our men serving. Drone pilots are able to control the plane from thousands of miles away in safety. They can complete their task or mission without losing their lives. Drones are the United States' future. As a country we are known for constantly improving and coming out with new technology. Drones are just that. Having excellent accuracy, being faster and causing less damage really show why drone should be used in American strikes abroad."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Jordan M. Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drones should be continued to be used it has been proven to reduce causalities of ground troops significantly and is cheaper to the money spent on soldiers. There will be always concern of innocent people being killed by drones, but you have to consider people die in wars and that if drones makes the difference of reduce the death toll of US soldiers, than why overlook that? Looking at the history of drone strikes, you would see that drones will most of the time, kill the assigned targets with fairly ease, with the extra benefit of not being exposed. Drones are quiet, smaller in size compare to helicopters or jets and are difficult to spot. For these very reasons, drones contribute as a great resource to fight terrorism, while less men will lose their lives in this ongoing battle"
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  • 0 +10 -10 MarqusTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I think drone should be used because they cost less they save our troops from going to battle and die"
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  • 0 +8 -8 DanielTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "The united states should use drones because it will kill lots of terrorist and bring down lots of terrorist organizations. Drones are more accurate then jets because drones have laser guided missiles and will never miss."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Casey THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Yes drone strikes should still be used. If you think about it, do you want more terrorist organizations terrorizing the world? No. Also drones cost much less than taking a jet and is also more accurate. Boots on the ground combat will just kill more american soldiers."
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  • 0 +7 -7 KyleTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "yes drone strikes should definitely be used they are cheaper to fly than jets, therefore it will cost the government less money and may even lower taxes. Furthermore instead of sending in our troops to go die or even have about one hundred of our own american lives coming back to america under ptsd or post traumatic stress disorder that may commit suicide because of it we can have two or maybe three people behind a screen that have a low chance of developing ptsd and they won't die because they'll be out of the battle field."
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  • 0 +6 -6 xyphreonths Feb. 27, 2015
    "i think the us should continue using drones because they are so much more accurate and they kill a lot of terrorists yes they have their flaws like killing civilians but they are more accurate than air strikes that kill a lot more ."
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  • 0 +9 -9 JasonTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Yes, I think the United States should continue to use drone strikes. This is because I think it is safer than having our troops on the ground and could get attacked or ambushed. The drones could prevent that, with a drone you can see afar when in the air, this could give the U.S a heads up if the attackers are coming. Not to mention you can put explosives on the drone."
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  • 0 +8 -8 KyleS(ths) Feb. 27, 2015
    "The united States should continue its use of drone strike abroad because, Drones are one of the most accurate things on the planet. Drones now a days have facial Recognition software that allows it to find, and either eliminate of tail a suspected terrorist. Drones also can be used to scan the landscape for terrorist strongholds, camps, and entire organizations. My father was in Afghanistan and was pinned with his team and was surrounded, but a well timed drone strike saved him and his team. If that drone wasn't in use at that time, my father might not have made it back and I wouldn't be here speaking right now. That is why the U.S should continue to use drone strikes abroad."
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  • 0 +8 -8 SteveTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Yes because I rather have a 100 citizens from a different country die instead of 100 U.S soldiers."
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  • -1 0 -1 One Apr. 7, 2017
    "Justice rains from above"
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  • -1 0 -1 ryguyrocky Mar. 16, 2017
    "yes use drones it's better because maybe you needed a drone to spy on a conference with the enemy or even we can build a drone that actually fires bullets at the enemy like in battle you could save your teammates when the might get cornerd or whatever"
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  • -1 0 -1 Josiah Mar. 6, 2017
    "Drones used on foreign soil mean less physical boots on the ground. People who say drone strikes should not be used because they kill innocent people seem to neglect the fact that there are always civilian casualties in any war, no matter who (or what, in this case) drops the bombs."
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  • -1 +2 -3 treat May. 16, 2016
    "The pro list is very good but I don't understand it my was that.

    What is the U.S. is doing about drones"
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  • -1 +3 -4 Bam Apr. 27, 2016
    "I think that the civilians in the countries affected by terrorism are not necessarily afraid of the drone but the fact that they are helpless when it comes to such a large power using military operations in their general area. Besides what would you be more afraid of; hundreds of armed soldiers marching down your street or an aircraft flying through the sky. Any ground force has just as much capability to kill and strike fear into citizens as any drone."
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  • -1 +3 -4 jekorrei Apr. 25, 2016
    "it is also know to kill fewer civilians in the world to this day and they are doing work with out us knowing"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Name Not Relevant Feb. 17, 2016
    "If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear. You would never be able to find a needle in the haystack without first surveying the entire haystack. Likewise, it is necessary to survey the entirety of the US in order to find those who threaten our safety. Drones can not trespass onto private property so they will not be invading your privacy at home. In addition to that, manned aircrafts (helicopters) are not required to have a warrant to fly over the land, therefore unmanned aircrafts should not be required to either. Unmanned aircrafts have to ability to get into tight spaces that helicopters can not. That gives law enforcement/ the military the ability to go on search and rescue missions and stop drug trafficking."
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    • 0 0 0 ahmann Mar. 25, 2016
      "I think we should have drones because they can easily replaced by soldiers. But the bad thing is that the drones might accidentally kill civilians. Thank you and have a good Friday!"
  • -1 +10 -11 dequans mixtape May. 4, 2015
    "yes, the US should should keep using drones because they aren't too expensive meaning they save a US taxpayer money, drones are unmanned ,so no US soldiers get injured, therefore drones are very useful to the US."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Kaitlyn S Mar. 22, 2015
    "I believe that drones do more good than harm when compared to the alternative methods of attack as they are more accurate and take out less civilians per hit. It also prevents U.S. casualties as we do not need to put U.S. troops on ground. Overall it seems to be a less risky option for the U.S. military when compared to sending troops overseas. Another great advantage of not having to send soldiers overseas, which doesn’t seem to be addressed as much, is the fact that these soldiers can be fighting terrorists closer to home, and closer to their families."
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  • -1 +12 -13 michael Mar. 6, 2015
    "it is good to have these"
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  • -1 +11 -12 FrankTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Yes because drones strikes are not as accurate as experts say. They kill civilians way to often. These strikes also rise terrorist numbers when they are supposed to go down. When there are enough terrorists that are angry enough to stage a large scale attack what happens then?"
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  • -2 +1 -3 Matt Jul. 20, 2016
    "Yes, because drones were only bad during the Bush administration. Now that Obama is in charge, drones are very good tools to killing terrorists and the US should use them on terrorists on American soil too."
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  • -5 +3 -8 Aldair D. Feb. 5, 2016
    "I am in favor of Drone Strikes Abroad because if others mess with us, we will come back stronger with our revenge."
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  • -27 +34 -61 Unknown Apr. 28, 2014
    "IM pro because just in case the al Quade comes back we will be ready"
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    • +6 +9 -3 unknown May. 5, 2014
      "al Quade never really left it has always been around just less active. and we will be ready for scenarios, but can never say that we are ready for another attack."
    • +4 +9 -5 Chuck Noris May. 16, 2014
      "So Peter,you said- "IF an american drone or G.I. kills my kinship you bet I want to kill as much as possible americans too."
      I just thought it was funny how you were against the inhumane drone bombing by the killing of innocents, yet at the same time you feel you would want to "kill as much as possible americans too" if your some of your kin died. So by that logic its okay to kill Americans if they kill somebody you care for? Isn't that inhumane in itself? That's exactly what terrorism is. Us Americans have lives and family too, but sadly those terrorists want to kill all of us. That is why drones are beneficial to Americans. It is either us or them. I love my family, do you love yours?"
    • +1 +1 0 Somebody who cares May. 17, 2016
      "al quade never went away, it just went underground, out of news popularity in war"
    • -20 +6 -26 peter Goy May. 1, 2014
      "-in case the al Quade comes back we will be ready"?

      Al Quadea does not exist, ALL so called 'terrorist attacks' on american ground were INSIDE JOBS.

      IF people wanted to kill americans than they have the right to do so, because YOU americans killed their babies and wives for no other reason than oil, militairy strategic power and MONEY. This has nothing to do with the 'terrorist hating The West because we are free" drivel.
      IF an american drone or G.I. kills my kinship you bet I want to kill as much as possible americans too."

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  • +14 +46 -32 Patrick Neggie May. 17, 2015
    "Drones do pose less risk to American soldiers and are indeed more inexpensive. And yes, civilians are killed as well with manned aircraft and infantry. Of course with every war there will be casualties. The US uses some despicable policies when it comes to drone strikes which makes my opinion on them negative. The decision of the US to use tactics like "double-tapping." Double-tapping is when civilians are killed, survivors call for help and neighbors/medical officials come to help. It is at this point when the US launches another drone killing all injured and all who have tried to help those injured. Yes, the use of drones significantly reduces US soldier casualties but it also significantly increases civilian casualties in other nations like Pakistan. According a report by Standford law school and NYU students (found at the end of this comment), they claim that for every 1 militant killed, the US kills 15 civilians. I do so hope that the US can pay better regards to those civilians and children who have been put at risk at the expense of our drone strikes.While drones have their merits and benefits their oversight is poor and they give no respect to those living in other countries."
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  • +9 +35 -26 David S Mar. 23, 2015
    "Well although drones are effective at killing and do it with precision and ease, it is important to remember who we are fighting. We are fighting terrorism, and terrorists, not their families or communities. Often these drone attacks will strike fear into the hearts of civilians (or kill family members, giving them reason to join terrorist groups) who then feel america cannot be trusted, and once fed propaganda by terror groups these people become more willing to help radical groups and even join! Its clear to see that if we want to stop terrorism and bring democracy to the middle east we cant do it by flying through the clouds with little toy planes that shoot bombs and then asking "don't you want to be like us? why wont you let us HELP you while blowing up your neighbors house" would you let a dentist punch you in the gut while he worked on your teeth? no. because he isn't helping you he is hurting you, well that is what drones are doing. They kill well, but they cause more damage with the ripple effects that follow after the hell-fire has landed"
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    • +1 +1 0 Joe Mar. 6, 2017
      "We're not trying to beat the middle east into submission. We're not trying to kill innocent civilians. It just happens. Sure, it's sad, but in any war there's going to be civilian casualties. It's inevitable."
    • +1 +1 0 Bam Apr. 27, 2016
      "Yeah and having an army marching down your street is any less scary than an aircraft flying thousands of feet above your head and besides when we had troops there people were saying the same thing about us striking fear into civilians when we had troops there. my point is that people are not afraid of the drones because they are drones they are scared of the fact that they are helpless to what is happening while they are stuck in the crossfire."
    • 0 +1 -1 Josh Glass Jan. 13, 2016
      "Its not the use of drones that causes civilian casualties. It is the people that are using the drones. I believe we should use the best technology available, in order to move forward as a nation."
    • -1 0 -1 Michael E. Kerr Nov. 30, 2015
      "Yes effective in killing like firing a machine gun into a crowd to get one person. No need to be fed any propaganda, even children understand the reign of terror from the sky via America first hand! Otherwise, you seem to understand the situation!"
  • +4 +6 -2 sedexrsps Feb. 7, 2017
    "Drone strikes create more terrorists than they kill. People who see their loved ones injured or killed in drone attacks become motivated to join actions against the United States. According to author Jeremy Scahill, the vast majority of militants operating in Yemen today are "people who are aggrieved by attacks on their homes that forced them to go out and fight." Support for al Qaeda in Yemen is "indigenously spreading and merging with the mounting rage of powerful tribes at US counterterrorism policy" as the drone strikes have "recruited thousands." The number of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) core members grew from 300 in 2009 (when US drone strikes resumed after a seven-year hiatus) to 700 in 2012, resulting in an exponential increase in the number of terrorist attacks in the region. Both the "Underwear Bomber," who tried to blow up an American airliner in 2009, and the "Times Square Bomber," who tried to set off a car bomb in New York City in 2010, cited drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia as motivators for the plots."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Avery Hazelton May. 17, 2016
    "Drones violate international law when they kill innocent civillans, which isn't very cool! The U.S. should stop."
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  • +3 +27 -24 Catherine S. Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drones are like nuclear weapons: great tools that destroy enemies and keep them in line, but simply too dangerous. Nuclear weapons reduced deaths in WWII by ending a war that otherwise would have been deadly and prolonged, but once other nations got nuclear weapons, the Cold War ensued and people constantly live in fear that other nations will use nuclear weapons against us. Drones are amazing at reducing foreign and US deaths, but at what cost? Imagine if terrorists and enemies could spy on anyone they wanted, and kill from above. Anyone could watch you walk outside, and anyone could blow you up with the click of a button from miles away. Drones are great, but if we keep using them, they will eventually get into the wrong hands, and the results would be devastating. They would be impossible to avoid or regulate, and terrorists and enemy nations would have an amazing weapon which they could use to freely terrorize whoever they please. So, while drones are great tools, they are too great and if they fall into the wrong hands, they will be dangerous and extremely destructive, just as nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists or enemy countries are dangerous and potentially deadly."
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  • +3 +32 -29 Victor A. Mar. 19, 2015
    "Drones should stop being used by the U.S because these drones target innocent civilians that may or may not be a threat. Imagine how it must feel being watched over by a drone constantly. 8 to about 17 percent of people these drones killed are civilians. If anything, it sounds like we're committing acts of terrorism ourselves by killing innocent civilians. We'll look like the bad guys. People being constantly watched over by the drones will live in fear. Also, even though these drone pilots are sitting somewhere piloting the drone, they suffer emotional and psychological stress. They feel guilty for being aerial sniper, they feel guilty sitting at their desks for long hours targeting someone that is possibly not a threat. It's a gamble really, sure you might be getting the right target, or maybe you're killing an unarmed mad who just happened to at the wrong place, at the wrong time."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Jace Sep. 7, 2016
    "I am pro drone in that I see they are more effective in war than humans, and they can proficiently do many peaceful tasks, however I am against drone strikes, or anything that kills innocent people, because I am a strong believer in due process, liberty, and being innocent until proven guilty, you know the FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF AMERICA? The VERY THING we are trying to defend in our fight against terrorists. If you support the slaying of innocents in any situation, you are essentially saying liberty only applies when it's convenient. What, do you think that if you can't beat the terrorists, you should join them?"
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    • +2 +2 0 Jace Mar. 6, 2017
      "Abortion should not be legal, it is the killing of innocent babies. I agree. America was not formed in a war, I believe America has existed for thousands of years. the British American colonies seceded from Britain, and for good reason. Britain was tyrannical. Then Britain tried to steal guns from the Americans and attacked them, starting a war. The Americans fought a war of defense which is completely just, of course mishaps happened and innocents were killed by Americans, but the Americans were mostly protecting innocents from the British, who killed far more innocent people. The Americans won by through help from God. The United States Government that was later formed is an evil organization, I believe. It has committed genocide and other atrocities and tyrannize my family every day. And right now the United States uses drone strikes that primarily kill innocents, and terrorists that they provide with arms and pay for with stolen money from taxes. Taking away drones won't fix the problem, what will fix the problem is to stop killing innocents. If we continue with these evil practices we will no longer have God on our side."
    • -3 0 -3 Josiah Mar. 6, 2017
      "Have you ever been in a war? Innocent people always die in wars. It is inevitable. He'res a question: do you think that Abortion should be legal? Because that's the killing of innocent babies. America was formed IN A WAR, in which INNOCENT AMERICANS DIED! But you think that taking away drones will solve a problem that has happened since the beginning of time...."
  • 0 +8 -8 Spencer May. 24, 2016
    "If a Drone crashes due to some inevitable reason, the enemy may, over the course a a few years, be able to make their own drones and target the U.S."
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  • 0 +25 -25 Manuel THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Because the drones make us the terrorists. A definition of a terrorist is "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims". We're doing that to those in the middle east, using the lethal force of drones for the political reason to decimate terrorist organizations."
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  • 0 +23 -23 JoseTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "No drones required. Reason being it was the use of drones that not only killed thousands of enemies, but of the innocents as well, they have caused thousands to have Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, and others to seek revenge."
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  • -1 +1 -2 unknown cool guy Apr. 4, 2017
    "I for once say that it should be a great idea that we should stop the attack of drones. People argue that drone strike abroad are highly effective and are very hard to shoot down/destroy out of the air. They are highly effective at killing citizens and they are not strong. The enemy could take 1-5 good hits at the thing with missiles. If they were super strong then what would happen if it goes straight to the ground, will it explode when it makes contact to the ground or will it hit the ground and stay in one giant piece. The enemy could just go and find the wreckage and bring it back to their base and see how it works. Once they finally figured on how it works they could build replicas. Then attack us with the machinery that we used on them. But even though drone strike abroad is a pile of garbage."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Meep Mar. 9, 2017
    "Drones are bad"
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  • -1 +15 -16 zac Apr. 17, 2016
    "lol it can kill people"
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    • +1 +1 0 rdxf Nov. 18, 2016
      "yes it is"
    • -2 +1 -3 Avery Hazelton May. 17, 2016
      "that's not funny"
  • -1 +31 -32 Alana M Mar. 19, 2015
    "For a project whose purpose is to prevent the spread of terrorism, and to prevent the terrorism already in place, drones are wildly ineffective. By firing without too much regard for who they're hitting, the families of the many deceased civilians are likely to join in efforts against the United States. And, even if they were effective, they're illegal. Yes, our laws allow them, but the affected countries disagree, with the Pakistani Prime minister stating that drone strikes are "a continued violation of our territorial integrity." Additionally, drones are no better for our military than actually being on the ground. Psychological and emotional damage can still be incurred from operating a drone, one study showing that "of 709 drone pilots by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, approximately 8.2% reported at least one adverse mental health outcome." Finally, they have an adverse effect on the people living under drone surveillance. A sunny day for these residents is a constant source of fear, despite whether they actually have anything to hide. America cannot pretend that drones are a source of protection for anyone while they harm both American and foreign people."
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  • -1 +18 -19 Tim THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I don't think we should continue the use of drone strikes because on this site I read that people that see their loved ones die from a drone strike are more likely to join the fight against America, also they're killing more civilians than terrorist (creating more terrorists than killing)."
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    • +1 +3 -2 Name Not Relevant Feb. 17, 2016
      "Did you only glean that information off of this website or have you done more research? Only looking on this website, that is filled with biased opinions, doesn't give you the ability to judge."
  • -2 +1 -3 unknown cool guy Mar. 21, 2017
    "i would use drones but instead of using the big gigantic drone they use the small tiny drones. just slap on a camera and a suppressed sniper and then you could go in vents and tiny spaces"
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  • -4 +8 -12 The One who Cares Feb. 15, 2016
    "Countless people die! How is that good? More innocent people die than member of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups"
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  • -5 +1 -6 person Feb. 17, 2017
    "hell no"
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  • -5 +9 -14 Kat Feb. 3, 2016
    "Drones often kill around 30 civilians for every one militant, which shows they are ineffective. They spark terror in the civilians, causing them to be much more likely to turn to terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. They are very expensive as well. They distance the operators from the fight, making it (morally) much easier for them to kill innocents to get to the terrorists. Drone strikes should be discontinued."
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    • +1 +1 0 Bam Apr. 27, 2016
      "people always give the US crap about our tactics whether we have soldiers on the ground or armed drones and why would we want it to be hard on the soldier flying a drone. The fact that it makes it easier for them is mentally safe as if they kill virtually they will be way less likely to get PTSD."
  • -5 +12 -17 CiarraTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I don't think we should use drones because they say that this stops terrorist from attacking us, but if you really think about it we are creating more for ourselves. If you fit the description of a terrorist they are going to send a drone your way, no matter where they are. So you're saying its okay to just kill the innocent people around them, because now there families are going to hate you and want to come after the U.S. So maybe people should think of it as, people sending drones our way and people killing us if you fit a certain description, how would you feel towards that country. How would you even feel in general?"
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  • -7 +24 -31 i love debate Feb. 26, 2015
    "First, only 1.5% of all drone attacks hit their high profile targets as provided by Stanford Law School. This means that 3 of 200 drone strikes reach their targets. The other 197 of 200 either completely missed or hit the wrong person(s). The only nation that approves of the US's strikes are the US itself!
    A drone fires where it is instructed to, however, things change between the time the order is given and the time it is carried out. TheHuffingtonPost.com. The threat from a drone arms race not only stems from other countries, but it also stems from the ability for these countries to sell these drones to terrorists. In fact Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism, has already began selling drones to terrorist groups According to Jeremy Hsu. China-made drones would allow countries like Iran and North Korea to obtain technology. The United States cannot risk falling behind the rest of the world in the development of drone technologies. More than 87 countries own some type of surveillance or attack drone, changing the way nations conduct war and threatening to begin a new arms race as governments scramble to counterbalance their adversaries. More than 3,000 people have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan."
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  • -8 +10 -18 JamesTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Drones kill way more innocent people around the world then the actual target(s) itself. They malfunction, the plummet down from the sky, they violate the international law and create more enemies than eliminating them. To me, the technologies way too advanced for us right now and we need to use something else that is more reliable."
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  • -8 +23 -31 Nina Lorenzo Oct. 19, 2014
    "I do not agree with the United States army using drones abroad because they cost too much money. They also make war seem less harmless, like a video game. Instead of feeling the pain of killing someone, it is like seeing 'the enemy not as humans but as blips on a screen'. America is already in debt, we do not need to put any more money into the military. With a great depression coming in 6 months, we need to stop spending and start saving. The United States dollars worth has gone done from $9.53 in 1950 to $1.05 in 2010. Soon America will no longer be a strong country, and that means were going to get attacked by terrorists. We have done our part, now it is time to step down and fix our homeland. Unemployment in America is one of our biggest problems. This is because we put our factories in China so China is making money. The future for America is not looking good."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Bill Solenski Feb. 9, 2015
      "Drones are actually cheaper than regular conventional strike aircraft, and they cost less to operate."
  • -10 +9 -19 Samy THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "no they shouldn't there is reason to not first of all when they strike with a drone on specific target and there was civilians in there like you might just kill civilians and if you kill civilians the U.S would have more problems and more people would hate the U.S."
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  • -10 +9 -19 KaylaTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "They say that the drones are helping us fight the war but with all respect were taking the easy way out. They say sending the drones instead of our military saves life but in reality we are killing innocent people. By sending a drone to kill one people it can easily kill anyone in the area including children. The main mission for drone is to kill anyone fitting the profile of there suspect, meaning if you look like a terrorist you are one. I think instead of trusting machinery to do our work we should do it yourself and do it correctly."
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    • +2 +2 0 Jaron Mar. 4, 2015
      "I am bothered by the phase 'taking the easy way out'. I would like to pose this argument to you that we need to protect or own citizens and military before others. We are saving the lives of our militants. Second, the casualties of civilians are higher when armed forces are used. It is impossible during wartime to have no casualties."
    • 0 0 0 Bam Apr. 27, 2016
      "You do realize that drones are still flown by people so whether they are flying a drone or jet they will still target the same people"
  • -10 +8 -18 SeanTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Drones are the main reason this country is hated so much, due to the fact of so many innocents dying."
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  • -11 +2 -13 Chris Feb. 17, 2016
    "They kill people"
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    • 0 0 0 Unknown May. 17, 2016
      "Thorayya, drones are the army"
    • -1 0 -1 Thorayya Mar. 17, 2016
      "Chris, the army kills people."
  • -11 +5 -16 person Dec. 11, 2015
    "drones kill hundreds if not thousands of innocent people and incourage violence"
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  • -11 +13 -24 Heff Mar. 19, 2015
    "I do not think that the United States should continue its use of drone strikes abroad. Drones strikes cause more problems than they fix.vDrones create enemies from ordinary civilians. If a persons loved one is killed by a United States drone strike,they will want revenge, and who would they want revenge against? The United States. Drone strikes kill a lot of civilians. there are many examples in which drones would be targeted at certain individuals but would have very high levels of collateral damage. Innocent people being hurt just to kill one terrorist. In some cases, innocent little children are killed as a result of a drone strike intended just to kill a terrorist. A child's death is unacceptable in any circumstance, and is morally wrong. Drone attacks also violate international law as the targets are not (legally) officially registered enemies of the United States, which violates international law. The law states that targets must be in current armed conflict with the united states, yet the targets are mostly "militants", not soldiers, and therefore by international law, cannot be targeted. By law, these drone strikes could possibly classify as war crimes. Do we want to be known as the country who commits war crimes?"
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  • -11 +7 -18 AnyaTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "It can be very dangerous and kill innocent people who are just minding their business. These people maybe be considered as "Targets" but they could be innocent people. On the other hand it could help protect soldiers out on the battlefields, but you can be killing more innocent lives than "Targets" by looking at a screen controlling a drone."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Jaron Mar. 4, 2015
      "I do understand the concern here. It is horrible that civilians are harmed or killed in war time. unfortunately there is currently no possible way to fight a war with no civilian casualties. drones have come a long way from the rugged machines they began as. The rate of civilian casualties is lower than other unmanned efforts we have made. as of now i believe that drones are an effective way to defend ourselves and lower the acceptable loss of innocents. I hope that we can only advance further to keep reducing that number."
  • -11 +11 -22 NateTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "We should not because these drones are killing more civilians than al-qaeda agents in Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan. These strikes also traumatize children teens and adults. Thanks Obama even though you ''won'' the nobel peace prize your're a monster."
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  • -11 +8 -19 CharlezTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "The US should stop the use of Drone Strikes abroad. First off, the drones don't even hit most of the intended targets. About 1 of every 100 drone strikes hit the intended target. This means the other 99 either crash or attack the wrong people. It also costs an estimate $12,000,000 to launch 1 drone strike."
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  • -12 +9 -21 Alyssa bean Jan. 23, 2015
    "drones cost more money than a manned aircraft costs. So I think that militants should be going to fight their own wars instead of making a machine go and do it for them. The militants signed up for their job, not to just let a drone do their work, but to fight for their country. Also, drones are designed to attack terrorists and mid-to-high threats right? But it has been proven that these drones can malfunction and attack someone other than a terrorist. Drones have killed many civilians that didn't deserve to die all because those drones, that are supposed to protect the civilians malfunctioned and killed one of the civilians instead. Drones also prevent civilians from holding their leaders accountable for the wrong doings of a drone, because you cant ever trace who or what was running or operating the machine."
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  • -13 +6 -19 Alex Mar. 17, 2015
    "I am not for drones because if we don't send drones for war the population will increase making us lose recourses. We need to keep people in war to slow down the increase in population."
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  • -13 +7 -20 DestinyTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I do not think that the United States should continue to use drones. They violate people's privacy. Also they take the life of many innocent people."
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  • -14 +8 -22 jon Apr. 9, 2015
    "We should not continue drone strikes because we do not know where ISIS is and we could end up hitting innocent civillians."
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  • -15 +5 -20 Joe Dec. 2, 2015
    "im against it as well"
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  • -17 +5 -22 hary Dec. 7, 2015
    "Wow i dont wanna use drones no more. They aint never done nothin all that good anyway."
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  • -17 +15 -32 kaiDXdragonmode1 Oct. 2, 2014
    "I think it isn't right to have drones because of how they target. Also someone still has to control the drone so it isn't unmanned. Plus like any other fighter jet it with create an explosion that can kill many innocent civilians. It also might malfunction and attack us."
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  • -18 +14 -32 joey Feb. 2, 2015
    "No drone- no drone because drone are maen"
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  • -18 +17 -35 Cameron Oct. 2, 2014
    "I think it isn't right to use drones because many people, innocent or not, will get killed. Plus many things could happen to the drone like a malfunction or it being shot down and killing us. Also someone has to control it so it is not unmanned. Plus where's the fun in using a remote-controlled plane that is like millions of dollars, when I can go to Wal-mart and get one for $50 that can shoot foam bullets and not kill anyone that I love or know."
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  • -18 +24 -42 Casey McCarthy May. 12, 2014
    "American leadership is toppling the pillars of democracy and threatening life itself, upon the only known inhabited planet in the universe, with our authoritarianism and legalized corruption of dependency to corporate power-- a corruption that dictates policy in pursuit of profit regardless of mortal harm to the environment and to people both at home and around the world.

    We have stripped our police and security services of any legitimacy thru their unpunished crimes against humanity and illegal, illegitimate exercise of powers. No matter what cosmetic reforms may be made to the institutions, no informed American will ever again trust the security forces that have profited handsomely by on the one hand milking the Cold War and War on Terror for profit, power, and the perception of legitimacy, and on the other oppressing the American people at home with the World Civil Class & Race War on a Selection of Drug Users since 1937.

    They must be disbanded and rebuilt from the ground up.

    These issues have since 1945 been a matter of survival for the entire human race. The continued corruption and authoritarianism of our government and its forces is an invitation to open rebellion for every concerned person around the world."
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  • -45 +17 -62 unknown Jun. 16, 2014
    "we cant have the drones do stuff for us or people get lazy"
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    • +3 +3 0 Random Jun. 2, 2015
      "we are not using drones to be lazy we are using drones to reduce the amount of american life's lost and to reduce the amount it cost this has nothing to do with us being lazy."
    • -5 0 -5 brenden m. Nov. 24, 2014
      "i agree with you too"
    • -5 +1 -6 Cameron Oct. 6, 2014
      "Exactly, I agree with you."
  • -60 +27 -87 anonimous May. 1, 2014
    "I think that drones are ineffective as a leathel because you can train 100 men to shoot better than a drone in a moving vehicle so I'm anti-drone."
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    • +7 +10 -3 hutch May. 5, 2014
      "just because the men are trained does NOT mean that they can shot better. the pressure alone from the situation can distract them, causing them to pause and not react. the drones are also much safer, by not sending in so many men there is a lot less of a chance of men getting shot or captured also there is no emotional loss if a drone gets shot down but if one gunman gets shot then that is not only loss for the family but traumatic for the other men in the squad. that might even cause them to get distracted and as i stated before they could get shot when they are not tuned into the moment. so in a way i guess you could say im pro drone."
    • +4 +5 -1 Jaron Mar. 4, 2015
      "Hitting within inches of your target from 2 miles away seems pretty accurate to me. Research your drones. you may be surprised and find some trust in them."
    • +4 +6 -2 fishtree Jun. 2, 2014
      "What's a leathel? So you're saying instead of sending a little flying bot to destroy one bad person we should send a hundred men in a massive attack? I don't understand"
    • -10 +1 -11 Cameron Oct. 17, 2014
      "he meant to say lethal and i agree with you anonimous."