Caption: Bill Roggio in his April 2012 interview on Military Drone Use aired on C-SPAN Washington Journal explains why the US has expanded authority and adopted the use of “signature strikes”. Roggio informs his audience by including drone statistics, official statements, and from work his news journal, the Long War. His purpose is to abate growing fears of drone activity and expansion in order to offer a clearer public understanding of a complicated and intricate military initiative. He establishes a concerned relationship with his audience of politically involved viewers that are worried about military action and may not fully understand how drones work are and what drones may mean for national security.
Jo Becker and Scott Shane’s May 2012 New York Times Article , Secret ‘Kill list’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will, argues that Mr. Obama has vowed to fight Al Queda with American values and understands the moral and legal conundrums that arise when designating terrorists for kill or capture (a process called nominations) . Becker and Shane support their argument by outlining the executive procedure of “nominations” and including statements by Mr. Obama and Mr. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser. Becker and Shane’s purpose is to prove that Obama’s process of “nominations” is morally driven and meticulously reviewed in order to refute opposition claims that terrorist targets aren’t chosen with moral consciousness. Becker and Shane establish an informative relationship with his audience of educated middle class readers of both print and digital news who know of drone warfare and of its growing opposition, and who find national security and foreign relations important topics.
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On the impact of science fiction, P.W Singer the author of Wired for War and military analyst says, “It is important that people realize that this (science fiction) is not just popular culture, but there is a productive aspect – an ability to give understanding of how the world works.” Comic book heroes are an American staple. Characters are often marred in conflict and the mission is essential homeland security. Serve and protect the unsuspecting townspeople from terrors unimaginable. Yet there are some characters that play a more volatile role in society. Vigilante. A masked crusader that does the work that no one else can do clandestine and shrouded in secrecy. Have Unmanned weapons become such masked vigilantes? Are drones such vigilantes, as they fly silent over terrorist’s heads and strike before the terrorists do all in the name of our safety? Perhaps Two-Face from Batman : The Dark Knight best captured this moral question, “Your either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
James Bridle posted Nov 8 2012, the blog ‘Dronstagragm: The Drone’s Eye View’ argues that these locations (Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan) are not so ‘foreign’ – these are places where real people live and are under attack. Bridle’s argument is supported by the inclusion of actual photo’s from drones found from reputable sources within the U.K Bureau of Investigative Journalism. His purpose is to add pathos to the drone discussion and elicit viewer’s sympathy for people who live in these conflict areas in order to gain signatures on the ‘drone wars UK’s petitions to end the secrecy around British drone strikes’ attached the site. Bridle establishes an encouraging relationship with the audience of readers who have an internet presence like Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram who engage in online discussions of politics and foreign policies.