Radical Instrument

IT is changing the exercise of power. Radical Instrument is picking up the signals.

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…and I’m reading “The Downside of Letting Robots Do the Bombing” in the Sunday NYT. The theme is one of investing in tactics missing a strategic context: 

But in Pakistan, some C.I.A. veterans of the tribal battles worry that instead of separating the citizenry from the militants the drone strikes may be uniting them. These experts say they fear that killing militants from the sky won’t undermine, and may promote, the psychology of anti-American militancy that is metastasizing in the country.

…and later –

Intelligence officials in Washington and Islamabad said it was nearly impossible to measure the impact of the strikes on the so-called ‘war of ideas.'” 

Umm…yes. What idea, exactly, is a flying killer robot supposed to convey?

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Written by Mark

March 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Posted in Military & Security

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