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Quote of the day from him, in a comment about drones: We are ‘evolving’ the military to be a human force that performs civil-military relations and infrastructure work with a smaller ‘killer elite’ group of spec-ops, intelligence, and drone units that operate in the dark without the knowledge, let alone supervision, of the civilian society ...

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Quote of the day from him, in a comment about drones:

We are ‘evolving’ the military to be a human force that performs civil-military relations and infrastructure work with a smaller ‘killer elite’ group of spec-ops, intelligence, and drone units that operate in the dark without the knowledge, let alone supervision, of the civilian society that’s supposed to control them. We know less and less about what our military is doing, but the really troubling part is that we like it that way. 

Quote of the day from him, in a comment about drones:

We are ‘evolving’ the military to be a human force that performs civil-military relations and infrastructure work with a smaller ‘killer elite’ group of spec-ops, intelligence, and drone units that operate in the dark without the knowledge, let alone supervision, of the civilian society that’s supposed to control them. We know less and less about what our military is doing, but the really troubling part is that we like it that way. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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