Okay, this is a tough one to talk about. Since 2004, the United States Armed Forces have been using unmanned combat air vehicles (also known as “drones”) to kill people in Pakistan. Drone strikes have actually increased under Obama’s presidency, and while they are more precise (read: less civilian casualties), in my mind they represent a scary future of warfare. They make war an easier, and less personal, decision. Share this if you think it’s a subject worth talking about.
What you see below are screenshots of an interactive map set up by Slate’s Chris Kirk, which compare drone strikes from Bush (red) and Obama (blue). Lighter colors around a circle means some non-militants — aka civilians — were killed in that strike. Here's one of Obama's attacks:
And here's one of Bush's attacks:
Don't forget to check out the interactive map. Once you’re there, click on a circle to see details about the strike, including the administration responsible, the date, the location, and the number of militants and non-militants killed.