We all are aware of the death and destruction that our military drones can deliver on our many perceived ‘enemies’.
They are deadly and administer a punishment indiscriminately.
Since these drones are pilot-less has anyone considered the operators?
Probably not….but their actions are having a toll on the mental faculties.
Kevin Larson was a churchgoing Eagle Scout and honors student with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. He received his officer’s commission in 2012, but by then, the Air Force didn’t need airplane pilots, it needed drone pilots. Larson was disappointed, according to a story in the New York Times by Dave Philipps, but he settled in and did his job, completing some 650 combat missions and launching 188 deadly airstrikes from 2013 to 2018. All the details of Larson’s missions are classified, and because drone pilots aren’t considered combat troops, he did not receive the psychiatric resources, recovery periods, and other benefits offered to deployed troops. Instead, per the Times, he was treated as an ordinary office worker.
What started as a “tightly controlled operation” in the wake of 9/11 has steadily expanded, especially after the Obama and Trump administrations loosened the rules of engagement. Times investigations show that “over time, the rules meant to protect civilians broke down … and the number of innocent people killed in America’s air wars grew to be far larger than the Pentagon would publicly admit,” writes Philipps. The USAF is working to provide more support for drone crews now, but for many—including Larson—it’s too late. After a breakdown and a bust for psychedelic drugs, which he used for self-medication, Larson was convicted in military court on multiple charges. Fearing a jail sentence, he fled into the wilderness, and—with police drones searching overhead—he shot himself. Per the Times, on Larson’s military file under “Combat Service” is the word “none.”
(Read the full story.)
I am sorry but what did they expect?
War is not some silly game like HALO or other such killing games…..you cannot hit the ‘restart’ button and make things right.
Drones kill….men, women and children it is indiscriminate….there is NO restart to bring them back from death.
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“lego ergo scribo”
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I don’t subscribe to “The New York Times”. Why? That can be stated in your own words.
The truth? Anything that resembles objective news? From the “The New York Times”? Seriously?
I say them same by so many ‘papers’….all are nothing but PR arms of corporate America and lazy people, all people, buy into the BS spread by most of them.
So basically we can dismissed the mental anguish these soldiers because you do not like the source of the report…..besides it was an FYI piece…. chuq
They made a film about the affect on drone operators, back in 2014. It’s worth watching. Ethan Hawke is good in it.
Best wishes, Pete.