President Barack Obama at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. (Harrywad / Wikimedia Commons)
The senator who opposed the Iraq War is now—as President—engaging in an Iraq War. The Nobel Peace Prize recipient is authorizing air strikes in the Middle East. The candidate who lost a presidential race because he opposed, as a young veteran, the Vietnam War is now—as Secretary of State—organizing allies for a war campaign in Syria. The senator who opposed George Bush’s policy of torturing enemy combatants, and who made a mark in his presidential race by singing bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran, is gleeful at last that his advice has been heeded, and that we are bombing someone.
For once again, another barbarous Devil has appeared in the Middle East; yet again, another heinous adversary threatens “American Interests” (read “American Money”) and “National Security” (read “American Power”). The land is plagued by a Hydra Monster; no sooner does the U.S. cut off one head, another one grows in its place. (more…)
Perseus with the Head of Medusa; bronze statue by Benvenuto Cellini.
Drones in the insect world are fast flying male bees with big eyes but no stinger. Hatched from haploid eggs, they make sperm cells instead of honey. They drift about to find a virgin queen and fertilize her with explosive force, which results in their own death. The drones of ant and wasp colonies serve a similar purpose.
Mechanical drones are robots with stingers. They are programmed and guided by humans instead of by instinct. Unmanned aerial vehicles come in various sizes and configurations, although they are usually downsized fighting machines. They have evolved over a century and a half from bomb-laden balloons, pilotless aerial torpedoes, and remotely controlled airplanes.
Armed drones are used today by the U.S. military overtly and the CIA covertly to smite terrorists. They are named Predator and Reaper. They carry Hellfire missiles and are equipped with the optics of a Gorgon Stare. Unarmed Ravens are small enough to maneuver through city streets by night or day to spot and target terrorists lying in ambush.