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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147747594X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477475942
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Superb! As usual Turse and Englehardt are in the fore front of asking tough questions, telling hard to hear truths and igniting their readers to consider the Drone war being waged in the Name of all Americans. In the tradition of Chalmers Johnson, the issues of "Blow Back", Nation Sovereignty, Legality, and Morality are addressed in each essay.
They point out that the United States has lit the fuse on a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) arms race, we have established the rules, "the rules are there ain't no rules" and have even begun to export this deadly technology to other nations. Finally they take a look our Drone eat Drone future.
Fact filled, with information provided by the pentagon, and front line journalist, it's a must read for all concerned with a future that will include scores of nations, settling scores by remote control.

Terminator Planet: How America Became an Empire of Drones
By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Posted on June 16, 2012, Printed on June 17, 2012
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Great (in an awful way) information about a subject not well understood by, oh, 99.99999% of the population (including me). We can choose to accept what we're told as truth, which it is, SORT OF, but take away the picture of the real situation that we're fed by the a) government b) press c) politicians d) et. al. and there's a "lot left over". That is, we're given a partial view of a sliver of the truth and told that's all there is to it. Then we spend time arguing whether that partial story is to our liking or not. The REAL story is MUCH more complicated, and MUCH different than the public version, and is, really, the ONLY one that "counts". If EVERYBODY knew what was really happening, the discussion might take a completely different turn, and decisions by OUR "elected officials" COULD be very different (or we'd have different "elected officials", in an ideal world). We should ALL read this book and then decide if this is the world we want.
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"Terminator Planet" by Nick Turse and Tom Englehardt is a good introduction to America's secret drone program. The book consists of twelve articles published between April 2009 and May 2012 with light editing and postscript. This eye-opening book should interest everyone concerned about America's military-industrial complex and its stranglehold on our democracy.

Mr. Turse and Mr. Englehardt provide excellent background material about what is known about the program. We learn how drones were imagined to play a significant part in supporting America's strategy for global hegemony. We begin to understand the sprawling complex of bases, training facilities and command-and-control centers that keep the drones in the air. The authors discuss how these Terminator-like machines have proven useful in projecting power in the Middle East and other flash points deemed critical to American empire.

The authors pull no punches as they critique this highly dubious enterprise. Fundamentally, drones represent the latest in a long line of high-tech solutions that to date have failed to cure America's fatally flawed foreign policies. Death and destruction by remote control tends to alienate populations and thus causes more (not less) socio-political instability. As the current generation of drones are not as advanced or reliable as commanders wish they should be, the authors fear yet another costly international arms race. Regrettably, the drone program appears likely to remain with us for years to come inasmuch as drones represent the kind of low-cost, ultra-controllable option the military establishment desires.

I highly recommend this important and timely book to everyone.
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The USA has been carrying out "targeted killings" of "terrorists" using drone aircraft piloted by airmen sitting safely in a building halfway around the world from where the drones are striking. These are touted as "surgical strikes" implying that they kill only the person or persons at whom they are aimed. It isn't so and this book explains why not very accurately and concisely, and how we are creating the next generation of terrorists by killing women and children as well as terrorists with them.
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The first thing to understand is that about 30% of those who came back from Afghan and Iraq frontline alive were due to drones operations. Old men start wars, and young with young families have ti fight them.
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