Predictably, GOP Candidates Have Started Calling for Drone Strikes against Immigrants

Two days ago, as part of a Twitter discussion about how wasteful and ineffective a border wall would be, I predicted the Republican presidential candidates would recommend massively increased drone patrols and strikes on immigrants at the border, because it’s expensive and unworkable, but would sound cool.

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To be honest, I thought it would take slightly longer than two days to be proven right.

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13 replies
    • emptywheel says:

      Alas I believe the Old Overholt goes to the GOPer who actually recognizes that humans drive drones, not to me.

      So I avoided that ugliness.

    • scribe says:

      Dimwit: the Rethuglicans spare no expense when it comes to killing their fellow man. Especially when that fellow man is browner than they, or female, or gay, or some combination of those.

    • bloopie2 says:

      Land mines – what a great idea! After all, the US is one of the few countries that has not signed the Land Mine Treaty. We should put our words (or lack thereof) into action.

  1. orionATL says:

    personally, i prefer walls. a wall, or two or three, would be much better for the the american unemployment problems. and we could force cemex to provide the cement and gravel free.

    finally, there would be a lucrative tourist angle.

    historically, the great wall of china, walls of jericho, hadrian’s wall, the maginot line and the israeli gaza wall serve as models and advertising referents to our own 650 mile mexico-is-for-mexicans homeland security wall.

    of course people would pay good tourist money to stand atop that wall at night looking thru night vision scopes with an automatic rifle slung over their shoulder, a drone tethered like a goshawk to their wrist, and deputized to shoot whatever moves out thar.

    thrill-a-minute.

    • orionATL says:

      i don’t want to hear some smartass start on about el chapo and tunels. this mexico-is-for-mexicans wall-building business is serious economics, serious ethnic/cultual purity, and serious presidential politics. and dont you forget it.

  2. bloopie2 says:

    If this takes hold, the next drone strike should take out the Statue of Liberty with its glorious Emma Lazarus poem, “The New Colossus”. That’s just not America any more.
    .
    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  3. bloopie2 says:

    On the other hand, being the only country to use drones to kill border crossers would certainly cement our status as “exceptional”, wouldn’t it?

  4. Evangelista says:

    Dems say ‘wall’, Reps say ‘drones’, the campaign gets warm, the ante goes up, we’ll have ‘wall-and-drones’, and then will come the El Chapo to El Passo tunnel, under the wall and then what abput the drones? In the tunnel, of course: Can you imagine being an ‘illegal’ (which could include just about anybody on this site) and you are crawling through the El Chapo-El Passo tunnel and you hear a drone coming? Don’ matter which end its coming from, whatcha gon’ do? Beside take one in the nose or in the

    This is the kind of stuff a Donald could run a third-party on…

  5. Jonf says:

    Surely they are not serious, right? Why not make them into slaves and restart another capitalist growth industry?

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