Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report: The Terrifying Weapons at Trump’s Disposal
The next president inherits deadly instruments for killing – with few limitations on how to use them.
Forget the nuclear codes.
Rapid advancements in U.S. military technology over 15 years of conflict have yielded weapons with an effectiveness that at times outpaces the rules governing their use, offering the incoming commander-in-chief broad latitude to decide how and when to deploy some of America's most far-reaching instruments of war.
George W. Bush's administration first saw the benefit of using drones to find, track and kill America's enemies across the globe. Under President Barack Obama, these missions increased exponentially as the technology developed and the demand soared for an ability to wage war without endangering Americans. And still, the rules governing the use of these weapons are as much agreed-upon custom as they are established laws.
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WNU Editor: I can easily see the legal and political battle-lines being lined up right now.