Troops Out, Drones In
Policing the world with remote-controlled aircraft.
That's our future in Pakistan, Iraq, and the next theater of war: less manpower on the ground, more unmanned power in the sky. We promised to pull out our troops. We didn't promise not to replace them.
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.
Photograph of an RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle at Tallil Air Base in Iraq by Deb Smith/U.S. Air Force/Getty Images.