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Epistemic Uncertainty: A Problematic Component Of Justifications For The Continued Use Of Drone Strikes, William M. Wehr Jan 2016

Epistemic Uncertainty: A Problematic Component Of Justifications For The Continued Use Of Drone Strikes, William M. Wehr

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The purpose of this paper is to present an objection to justifications for the continued use of drone strikes. This objection requires an examination of the fundamental aspects of the drone strike process. Considerations of strike authorization, outcome assessment, and intelligence gathering reveal deficiencies that contribute to the problematic status of the act. Arguments intended to justify the use of drone strikes rely on an analysis of outcomes that is impossible to satisfactorily apply to an evaluation of the tactic. These justifications are wholly insufficient on the grounds that we do not truly understand the nature of the use of ...