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The new face of a faceless global war: drones and the CIA.

By William Saletan

In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has developed an air force of drones to fight its new enemies. Faced with terrorists willing to take any life, we built machines that hunt and kill but don’t bleed.

In the next decade, our reliance on drones and the spies who support them may increase for a different reason: We’re losing friends.

Since Sept. 11, the U.S. drone fleet has grown from a few dozen to 7,000. The Air Force now trains more pilots to operate drones than to fly bombers or fighter jets. Spy drones have flown extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq, where we’ve fought ground wars. But killer drones have been particularly useful in Pakistan, where we can’t send troops. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Theophyle

July 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

The Not-American Dream

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Do other countries have national catchphrases?

By Julia Felsenthal

Several recent news articles on the sluggish economy have noted that a central tenet of the “American Dream,” home ownership, may no longer be within reach. Some columnists, meanwhile, are taking the opportunity to argue that we shouldn’t associate the “American Dream” so strongly with buying a house or a condo. Do other countries have an equivalent of the American dream? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Theophyle

June 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

Posted in American Pie, Slate, Society, USA

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