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A majority in the U.S. affirm the use of drone strikes in conflict. According to a Pew Research Center survey published in late May, 58 percent approved drone usage while 35 percent expressed disapproval. At the same time, 48 percent of respondents also were concerned that drone strikes endanger civilian lives. The majority approval is […] Read More

Churches are calling for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense to clarify its deployment of drones in Afghanistan after a defense committee report confirmed the likelihood that U.K. drones were being used by U.S. drone operators. Leaders of the Methodist Church in Britain, the United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain have […] Read More

“Hubris” is defined as “excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.” It is a word descriptive of the attitude of many individuals as well as many groups, such as corporations or nations. Last month, I happened to see a television special on MSNBC titled, “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War.” It was a most interesting, and quite disturbing, […] Read More

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) shared a national security secret at a Rotary Club meeting in his home state. He gave the number of people killed by drones. “We’ve killed 4,700,” said Graham, who is a Southern Baptist. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out […] Read More

Based on longstanding and widespread reports of government corruption in Afghanistan, I’m no fan of the country’s president. And it appears that Hamid Karzai is again exploiting an ambiguous situation involving the U.S. military for his own political gain. Karzai ordered U.S. special operation units out of Wardak province in response to accusations that U.S. […] Read More

In 1983, a few years before starring in the cult classic “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off,” Matthew Broderick portrayed a young computer hacker who broke into a national defense computer system in the movie “War Games.” Broderick’s character accesses a computer war simulation that he believes is a game. When he begins “playing,” he unwittingly causes […] Read More

Cricket may not be a real sport as far as the Olympics are concerned – and, seriously, how do they decide that stuff? Shooting, walking and about 25,000 iterations of cycling make the cut, but rugby, cricket and darts don’t? Someone has blundered. – but it seems to breed a fair amount of courage. At […] Read More

There are times when our technology advances faster than our ability to contemplate the ethical use or misuse of the latest gadget. When we fail to seriously consider the ethical ramifications of employing new hardware, especially when it is military hardware, we run the risk of setting a precedent that may very well create a […] Read More