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(Ars Technica)   To replace drone strikes, US to give Yemen Hellfire-armed crop dusters. No, this isn't an article from The Onion   (arstechnica.com) divider line 9
    More: Scary, Yemen Hellfire, Yemen, aircraft manufacturers, agricultural aircraft, Hellfire missile, targeted killings, crops, reapers  
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2014-03-25 10:07:10 PM
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DarkSoulNoHope: Plus the moral implications of fairness, at least the people on the ground have a chance at shooting down the plane and killing inside the people who are trying to kill them, unlike drones where you could shoot one down and the experienced person flying it is safely out of dodge.


Fairness? In war? War is never about fairness. It is about having the largest possible advantage so you can attack at the time and place of your choosing. There are some principles that include use of proportional force but when people are trying to kill each other, no one dies happily knowing they got killed fair and square.
2014-03-25 10:01:09 PM
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js34603: I'm not sure the US cares so much about the moral implications of fairness.


Anybody who thinks that war is supposed to be fair is a farking moron.  Overwhelming superiority results in short, decisive conflicts.  Trying to "fight fair" results in long, drawn-out wars of attrition.
2014-03-26 07:22:23 AM
1 votes:
A very elegant solution to political problems that does nothing at all to improve the actual situation on the ground.  Pretty much like every other aspect of the War on Terror™.
2014-03-25 11:04:37 PM
1 votes:
Can we just not give them anything? Please?
2014-03-25 10:12:11 PM
1 votes:
Wasn't one of the primary fears after 9/11 that crop dusters would be used against us? Now we will train people over there to fly crop dusters.  Armed crop dusters. No way this could ever come back to bite us in the ass.

Brilliant.
2014-03-25 09:44:21 PM
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Big_Doofus: Hey, you're back!  I'm actually glad!  Sorry we got a timeout the other day.


You too! Not a problem, BD. If I had a nickel for every time I got a vacation from FARK, I'd have two bucks.

Water under the bridge, my friend. :)
2014-03-25 09:39:28 PM
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hardinparamedic: So basically, they're wanting to develop another AD-6 Skyraider?

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Old Sandy saved a lot of lives

That said, AirTractors are built like tanks. They use them around here from dirt fields to cropdust, and the things are built like tanks. Their primary operating altitude is around 200 feet or lower.

They have literally crashed, been brushed off, and put back into the air.


Hey, you're back!  I'm actually glad!  Sorry we got a timeout the other day.
2014-03-25 09:35:40 PM
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2014-03-25 08:21:09 PM
1 votes:
So basically, they're wanting to develop another AD-6 Skyraider?

upload.wikimedia.org
Old Sandy saved a lot of lives

That said, AirTractors are built like tanks. They use them around here from dirt fields to cropdust, and the things are built like tanks. Their primary operating altitude is around 200 feet or lower.

They have literally crashed, been brushed off, and put back into the air.
 
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