kill chain
A century of secret programs, technological breakthroughs and rule by a military-industrial complex has all come to this: drone warfare, which today is the US' principal way of waging war.

How is it that the Pentagon's hi-tech 'precision' weaponry can ratchet up such staggering levels of 'collateral damage'? Why is it that the 'war on terror' is producing opposite results to its ostensible aim of 'eradicating terror'? The more the US military throws its weight around, the more terror, violent death, and destabilization results. Is that the REAL point?

This week on 'Behind the Headlines', we're discussing Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of High-Tech Assassins, a book by journalist and writer Andrew Cockburn. We'll be looking at the way the US does war, exposing the thoroughly inept management of a system that is, at its core, rather more like a cornered beast than an all-powerful global Leviathan.

Running Time: 01:59:29

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