Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
Salon writer Alex Seitz-Wald asks the question, Would Lincoln use drones? http://goo.gl/mag/4aTdCvh
He acknowledges that Lincoln would have liked the concept of drones as he was “obsessed with military technology”.
Surprisingly, Seitz-Wald even admits that Lincoln suspended “habeas corpus and other civil liberties” and issued “the Emancipation Proclamation knowing that it was likely illegal”, but refers to both of these as simply “bending the rules”.
Careful, Alex, the cult of Lincoln will be on you for even going that far.
Seitz-Wald also discusses the fact that the real issue here is not what weapon one uses to murder people, but whether it should be considered assassination or just a normal part of war.
Ultimately, he concludes, we just can’t know what Honest Abe would have done, but the use of drones today in Afghanistan doesn’t have any relation to Lincoln’s war anyway because the “strategic context is so radically different”.
I’d like to weigh in here and say that anyone who wages an unnecessary war which kills at least 600,000 people (this estimate is currently being revised upward to 750,000), at least 50,000 of whom were civilians, would probably have no issue ordering a drone strike on his enemies (without charges or trial) and anyone who happened to be standing too close.