"When Dick and Barack Agree, Watch Out" Response
If there is one word that suits the fact that a president, who won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, adheres the usage of drones to kill US citizens affiliated with Al-Qaeda, it would be nothing less than ironic. In the Maclean’s article “When Dick and Barack agree, watch out,” Paul Wells discusses an ongoing conflict within US politics, specifically their drone policies. The article starts us off by introducing the readers with comments made by Dick Cheney on CBS. Mr. Cheney felt Obama “wanted to reduce U.S influence in the world, he wanted to take us down a peg” (Wells 2). After announcing a few more disagreements with Obama’s policies, Cheney surprised the audience by actually agreeing with one single policy. Remote-controlled drones. “I think it’s a good program. I don’t disagree with the basic policy that the Obama administration is pursuing” (Wells 2). Dick Cheney agreeing with Obama, has left the public feeling uneasy about Obama as “Cheney single-handedly steered America from being a nation among nations (albeit superior), operating (roughly) in accordance with the rule of law, and toward its present manifestation as the new Rome, a decadent imperial power bent on global domination whatever the cost”(Ritters).Drones in the hands of the United States have only caused more bad than good, doing harm not only to financial assets and human lives, but exposing the true militaristic nature of their country.
It has been estimated that by 2020, the United States will have spent at bare minimum, $39.6 billion on drones. Most people have been plagued by the mindset that because it is only a fraction of air and ground weaponry, much less anyway, America is definitely making progress. “Drones are an excellent refinement……They’re a marked departure from the 20th century game of delivering destruction on a wide scale: whereas a bomber-wing nuclear-submarine or aircraft-carrier battle group costs billions, puts hundreds of
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