Should The United States Continue Its Use Of Drone Strikes Abroad?

916 Words Aug 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad? Remotely-controlled aircraft, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones can be equipped with bombs and missiles for attack missions. The original drone, the MQ-1 Predator and the upgraded MQ-9 Reaper are the two most commonly used unmanned aerial vehicles. They are cherished for their ability to fly thousands of feet over a target for long durations of time and relay high-resolution, live reconnaissance. In September of 2000, lobbying began to weaponize the MQ-1 (Predator) drone with air-to-ground missiles for use as a battlefield weapon. It was not until the attacks on Sep. 11, 2001, that the Bush administration was able to authorize the armed Predator program and begin the subsequent "War on Terror," which enabled the United States to begin the use of thousands of drones to kill suspected terrorists in Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles has created great controversy in recent years; this is in part because of the September 2011 authorized, targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki was an American citizen who, at that time, was believed to be a senior operative of Al Qaeda. However, the Awlaki strike did not only kill Awlaki, but also another American, Samir Khan; a subsequent strike would kill Awlaki’s son, a 16-year-old American. More recently, the United States government has admitted that two civilian aid workers being…

Related Documents