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Maine Senator: At Least Drones Are a 'More Humane' Way of Waging War


Sen. Angus King (I., Maine) explained Friday during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that although unmanned drones are kind of “creepy,” they’re still a more humane way of waging war.

“To be honest, I believe drones are a lot more civilized than what we’ve used to do, you know, when Sherman shelled Atlanta or when the Allies firebombed Dresden in World War II; it was all collateral damage, it was virtually all civilians,” said the senator.

“And that was the way of war until recently. The drones, although there is some collateral damage, basically is a very smart artillery shell, and we’ve been shooting artillery shells over miles and miles for many years and hoping they hit the right target.

“I think there’s just something creepy about drones that they can be controlled and people are uneasy about it, but if you put in the context of a thousand years of war, I think it’s actually a more humane weapon because it can be targeted to a specific enemy,” he adds.

The senator concluding by noting that he is uncomfortable with the idea of blindly accepting decisions made by executive branch.

“The bottom line is,” he said, “I don’t think we should also fully say whatever the executive decides is ‘okay.’ I think that’s a problem.”

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(H/T: Washington Examiner).Featured image courtesy Getty Images.

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