The myth of decisive technological advantage in warfare

Andrew Cockburn is very good journalist who has covered a whole range of activities but his specialty is analyses of the military-political connection. He is now the Washington editor for Harper’s magazine and was interviewed on The Daily Show about his new book titled Kill Chain that discusses the illusion that warmongers in the US have that their technological superiority will enable them to overcome their enemies, a myth that has been retained despite its repeated failures going back at least as far as the Vietnam war.

All that superior technology does is enable you to kill more people and destroy more things more quickly.

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  1. busterggi says

    All that superior tech also creates huge profits for its makers so it’ll continue.

  2. busterggi says

    Ripley: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

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