Welcome to the 21st century version of the arms race -- drones. According to a story in today's Washington Post, development of drone technology has become all the rage in other countries given the "success" the U.S. has shown in their use in reconnaissance and in attacking targets.
As the story notes, the unmanned crafts are small, inexpensive compared to conventional weapons, deadly, and achieve their goals without the concomitant mess of soldiers coming home in body bags. Recent experience has also shown that few in the United States have been upset by the deaths of unknown civilians in rural Pakistan.
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