Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Preciseness is a motto, not a reality. Fudge those numbers means ignoring or reclassifying civilians as “combatants.”

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago

    Stanford-NYU-LIVING-UNDER-DRONES

    From June 2004 through mid-
    September 2012, available data
    indicate that drone strikes
    killed 2,562-3,325 people in
    Pakistan, of whom 474-881
    were civilians, including 176
    children.
    - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

    TBIJ reports that these strikes also injured an additional 1,228-1,362 individuals.

  3. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, about 3 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    If they are armed, they are no longer civillians.

  4. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    @zoidknight

    “If they are armed, they are no longer civillians.”
    So what does that make American citizens who carry firearms? Fair game for terrorists?

  5. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, about 3 years ago

    Apparently, the term “state actors” is the word of the day…. again.

  6. James Corley

    James Corley said, about 3 years ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist:

    The conversion of an existing military aircraft, already capable of delivering weapons, is far simpler than you make it out to be. We have been doing it since the 1930s. If you want to see what a very early combat drone looks like, google TDR-1 – capable of being launched from a carrier carrying a torpedo or bombs and it’s intended use was to attack Japanese ships. Even simpler would be converting a biz jet into a kamikaze drone filled with explosives. Take a biz jet capable of crossing the Atlantic (there are dozens of types capable) and have the controller flying “innocently” behind by 50 miles or so and the threat is a possibility.

    The US claim for Iraqi drones was made after Saddam claimed they had converted some older aircraft to be drone capable, specifically the Mirage F1. We do it all the time to older, less useful aircraft but usually only to make live-fire targets out of them. Whether or not Iraq had actually done this is immaterial.

    Military Threat Assessments are based on intelligence collected and reported capabilities. Saddam likewise had already demonstrated and boasted of use of WMD (which we did find – Sarin gas components & labs, chemical artillery shells, etc.)

    Furthermore, since we armed Saddam for the Iran-Iraq war, did we not have a responsibility to take care of the problem we created? I personally think we did, and I think the US more than likely knew what WMD he had because we secretly gave it to him.

  7. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @zoidknight

    Be sure to walk around with your gun out.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    If you can’t buy one you can use the know how to hack in and take control of someone’s else drone.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @zoidknight

    What is your point exactly? Police are armed, our military is armed and so is the CIA.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Ever heard of “innocent until proven guilty” by any chance?
    -
    Look up the term “signature strikes” then come back and reiterate that crack about innocents.

  11. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, about 3 years ago

    Relax everybody. It’s a cartoon. Enjoy it, and any message or deeper meaning you see in it, for what it’s worth.

  12. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Radish

    Poor zoidnight, it is too small to notice.

  13. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Didn’t we blow up a lot of wedding parties because they celebrate by shooting their guns in the air?

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @zoidknight

    Own any guns civilian?

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    98% is too high a number it might be 48% but it is hard to know. The US govt is notorious for hiding casualties. Listing them as “suspected combatants” if they decide lying about it is just too much to list them all as AL-Qaida.

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