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Letter: U.S. needs to put an end to drones

U.S. needs to put an end to drones

America has been using drones to bomb targets in countries such as Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past couple of years. But many of these targets come at the price of innocent civilian lives. Many innocent lives have been taken by U.S. drone strikes. One of these innocent lives belonged to a 67-year-old grandmother named Manana Bibi. America has been killing people in other countries even though America is not at war with them. America has been and is currently bombing these countries because it believes these countries are linked to al-Qaida. But this is not the case when taking an innocent grandmother’s life. Also recently, America has used drones for the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Countries that have lost lives due to these drone strikes are beginning to believe that America’s weapon of choice are drones, and these drones cost money. A lot of money. In the past year, the U.S. has spent $821.6 billion on defense. A lot of that money has gone into drones. Ending the Global Hawk Drone Program would save $2.5 billion over four years. And the funding doesn’t end in 2014 — “some key drone programs will get more funding support in 2015. … The Pentagon requested a $59.7 million increase in its drone purchasing budget for 2015,” according to http://www.motherboard.vice.com.

Federal spending during the Great Depression was direct. The government oversaw the spending. But now in the present, the money goes to large corporations that create drones and other weapons. The government attempts to stimulate the economy, but it’s challenging with large corporations because a lot of that money goes to CEOs and the money doesn’t trickle down to the workers making the drones and weapons.

In the Great Depression, federal spending was meant to help, but at times it didn’t help and sometimes it would make it worse. Now, the same thing is happening. America believes that drones will save American lives and will take down terrorists at the same time. But at what cost? At the price of innocent lives. The point of drones is to save lives, but more are being lost every day due to drone strikes. In the meantime, large corporations are becoming corrupt and the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

Many countries are becoming anti-American. And soon enough, people might fight back. Because of drone strikes, America might soon be at war. And some people believe that drones might lead us into another depression.

Stephanie Anglin


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