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Stanford Law Review Online: The Iraq War, the Next War, and the Future of the Fat Man

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  1. Jordan J. Paust says:

    pathetic commentary regarding self-defense targetings that are permissible under the United Nations Charter, including the targeting of AAA in Yemen. See, e.g., http://ssrn.com/abstract=1718548 and
    http://ssrn.com/abstract=1520717

  2. Richie says:

    Iraq War was a “thin man”? I think the term you where looking for was a “genocidal capitalist-imperialist murder rampage in order to create new markets”. They don’t teach the word imperialism at Standford Law?

  3. Dave says:

    Genocidal? Whether you believe the war was necessary or not, how in God’s name do you attach the word “genocidal” to it? That is a level of being blinkered that is astounding.

  4. East Bay Jay says:

    Drones cause less civilian casualties? I didn’t know that nor do I understand the theory – it might be true but I don’t see it.

    I agree with the thrust of the piece but disagree on the reasoning – drones reduce the costs of war (from dollars to young male lives) and the technology will inevitably spread until we’re dealing with drones on the defensive side of the ball. The more we use drones the quicker our competitors will match the technology, and the quicker we’ll face it ourselves on the battlefield. How long do our carriers last against a ‘drone blizzard’?

  5. Daniel R Powers says:

    The last sentence should be everyone’s concern. Along with that comes my concern: it seems that war or the mind set of continuous war is becoming norm, which as the author points out it will slip from our consciousness and then we will not question it. We are becoming, if not already, a waring nation. We have a war on drugs, poverty, illiteracy, drunk driving and a whole list of other things that need “fixed”. The problem is that once a war is started it becomes a money pit that never gets questioned.

    As to the Iraq war. I believe that the leadership could not conceive of a threat that was not a nation state. This lead them to see what they wanted to see in the intelligence. The military mind set had not yet crawled out of their Maginot Line to see the changes and new threats that were in the world. If they had, 9/11 would not have happened.