Unmanned Aerial Vehicle: Beauty or Beast? Essay

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In this day and age, it seems like all we hear about is war and war fatalities. When we change the channel and see BBC News, we constantly hear about the war in Iraq but more importantly how many people died and are dying either from injury or illness. Terrorism has been prevalent constantly throughout history. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962 when Cuban and Soviet governments stored nuclear missiles at secret bases which they planned to use on the United States to the assault on the Twin Towers and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (Utz, “Cuban Missile Crisis,” 2012).
However, president Obama has introduced an idea that he believes will eliminate the amount of American casualties if not completely bring an end to
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In a recent study by news reporter, Daniel Trotta, the government is spending 1.4 trillion dollars of the taxpayer’s money for the war in Afghanaistan and Iraq without drones. Now some would say “O.K. then it’s a good thing that we don’t add drones into war because it would just be an extra expense right?” The answer to that is no. (Trotta, “War Costs”, 2011). Thee reason the cost of war is so high is particularly due to medical care for wounded soldiers. We are paying for the injuries of the soldiers we are trying to protect. Recon drones cost approximately 6 million dollars each, which is much less expensive than keeping our soldiers at risk of injury or most likely death. (“Killer Drones,” Hastings, 2012). According to an NPR news review by Ari Shapiro, the idea of using recon drones to kill suspected terrorists might be President Obama’s best idea in the fight against the war on terrorism. (NPR, Shapiro 2012).
I agree that Obama’s idea of sending recon drones to kill suspected terrorists isn’t necessarily an idea that is easily to agree with, however; it is very effective, much safer, and if it means killing a few innocent people then it’s something that must happen in order to protect our country. According to a recent study from Harvard University, the Veterans Administration is under-funded and cannot afford to provide healthcare for veterans and wounded soldiers. The study also estimates that 16 American soldiers are wounded per fatality, which is a very large

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