Special medal for remote murder
This is NOT an Onion spoof - it's the real thing - and it shows just how far we've sunk: The Pentagon is going to pin medals on the Gameboy GIs who operate Predator and Reaper drones:
They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now, defense officials say, their battlefield contributions may be recognized. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.I shake my head in wonder. The definition of "hero" is undergoing the same fate as the definition of "marriage" - twisted. Thanks to Earl for the link!