The last month has seen a lot of fresh debate on the use of drones in modern warfare. What follows is a collection of links to prominent news and opinion articles from that time period.
* In its latest issue, Esquire published a feature article, by Tom Junod, critical of the Obama administration’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e., drones), among other military tactics.
* Days later, the New York Times ran a news analysis, by Scott Shane, citing a number of sources who applauded Obama’s replacement of broader bombing efforts with precise attacks carried out by drones.
* John Kaag and Sarah Kreps of the Times then attempted to make sense of these two pieces in this article. I suggest reading the entire thing.
* Last week, The Guardian published a story on Bradley Strawser, a politically liberal philosophy professor who not only defends the use of unmanned drones in warfare, but also makes the case that the use of drones is moral.
* However, it turns out Strawser was not entirely happy with how the article represented his views, so The Guardian gave him an opportunity to make the case for drones in his own words. Here’s what he had to say.
* A day later, Noel Sharkey wrote in the same publication that drones will lead to “sanitised factory of slaughter.”
* Meanwhile, in case you were wondering which country owns the most drones, The Guardian has you covered.
* Not to be left out of the debate, The Daily Beast also published an article, by counter-terrorism official Phillip Mudd, who explored the moral issues with drone use.
* And last, but not least, Murtaza Hussain penned a critical essay for Salon in which he called Strawser’s arguments both “odious and wrong.”