Killer Drones and the Militarization of US Foreign Policy

  An MQ-9 Reaper, a remotely piloted aircraft armed with laser-guided munitions and missiles, flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt / U.S. Air Force)

This story first appeared at The Foreign Service Journal.

The militarization of U.S. foreign policy certainly didn’t start with President Donald J. Trump. In fact, it goes back several decades. However, if Trump’s first 100 days in office are any indication, he has no intention of slowing down the trend.

During a single week in April, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into a Syrian airfield, and dropped the largest bomb in the U.S. arsenal on suspected ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan. This 21,600-pound incendiary percussion device that had never been used in combat—the Massive Ordinance Air

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