Defense Language School 'Ethicist' / 'Philosopher': We have "Moral OBLIGATION" to murder via Drones!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 19:09
His forceful defence of the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as drones are also called, is largely the reason he has landed a tenure-track post as assistant professor of philosophy at Monterey's Naval Postgraduate School, an elite college which gives master's and PhD courses to military officers, academics and policymakers.
The philosopher making the moral case for US drones: 'There's no downside'
It's one of the US's most controversial policies; one that resulted in large numbers of civilian deaths overseas. So why does Bradley Strawser see targeted killing as a moral obligation?
Rory Carroll in Monterey
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 2 August 2012 11.02 EDT
At first sight, Bradley Strawser resembles a humanities professor from central casting. He has a beard, wears jeans, quotes Augustine and calls himself, only half in jest, a hippie. He opposes capital punishment and Guantánamo Bay, calls the Iraq invasion unjust and scorns neo-conservative foreign policy hawks. "Whatever a neocon is, I'm the opposite."
His office overlooks a placid campus in Monterey, an oasis of California sun and Pacific zephyrs, and he lives up the road in Carmel, a forested beauty spot with an arts colony aura. Strawser has published works on metaphysics and Plato and is especially fond of Immanuel Kant.
Strawser is also, it turns out, an outspoken and unique advocate for what is becoming arguably the US's single most controversial policy: drone strikes. Strawser has plunged into the churning, anguished debate by arguing the US is not only entitled but morally obliged to use drones.
"It's all upside. There's no downside. Both ethically and normatively, there's a tremendous value," he says. "You're not risking the pilot. The pilot is safe. And all the empirical evidence shows that drones tend to be more accurate. We need to shift the burden of the argument to the other side. Why not do this? The positive reasons are overwhelming at this point. This is the future of all air warfare. At least for the US."
Like all neoCon scums, Stawser also loves twisting Plato and Kant's works to suit his Machiavellian views.
For those who are geolpolitcally aware, it's no secret that US Navy's Defense Language School in Monterey, CA, is the home of foreign mercenary terrorist network training HQ.
Strawser is a prime example why some 'academics' are far more dangerous to humanity than any 'insurgent' with an AK47 or a Russian RPG7.
May the name "Bradley Strawser" live in infamy, like John Yoo, the torture apologist; look for BOTH of their names, at the upcoming Nuremberg Tribunals, 2.0.