Churchill on drone warfare

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  1. Mister44 says:

    He shows a lot more clairvoyance than the general after WWI who saw airplanes as nothing more than a novelty with no real impact.

  2.  I think the plutonium cores if neutron bombs and other types of low yield nukes are about the size of an orange. 

    Not sure if Churchill was speculating about nuclear explosives here, but HG Wells wrote about them in his novel The World Set Free in 1914.

  3. If one had to pick a single individual who lived a most remarkable life, across both time and space, I think ole Winston would be at the top of the list. The places he went and the things that man saw. Just incredible.  1874- 1965…think of the changes he got to see.

  4. lava says:

    He got his pilotless bombs in the form of V1 buzz-bombs on London in WW2.

  5. brainflakes says:

    Sounds more like nuclear ICBMs than combat drones.

  6. formosaman says:

    He probably dreamed of using such pilotless planes to drop gas bombs on Iraq, much better than the biplanes he was forced to use to do the job.

    • Saltine says:

      Naughty, naughty! The only Churchill is the Good Guy who helped defeat Evil Mr. Hitler. No one wants to hear about his role in WW1 or in the series of provocations that bolstered the German right, nor about his imperialist/colonialist adventures, much less his “unenlightened” attitudes toward non “Anglo-Saxon” peoples.

      • hassan-i-sabbah says:

        Churchill suggested that chemical weapons should be used “against recalcitrant Arabs as an experiment.” He added “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes to spread a lively terror” in Iraq.
         What a statesman.
        Winston Churchill’s Secret Poison Gas Memo[stamp] PRIME MINISTER’S PERSONAL MINUTE[stamp, pen] Serial No. D. 217/4[Seal of Prime Minister]10 Downing Street, Whitehall [gothic script]GENERAL ISMAY FOR C.O.S. COMMITTEE [underlined]

  7. Lobster says:

    Would you like some tea?  I would, because I’m Winston Churchill!

  8. petr says:

    Rather ironic that he wrote that. There was a recent PBS Nova episode, about the photo reconnaissance done by specially equipped Spitfires, and that Churchill took a lot of convincing of the existence of the German V1 & V2 rocket programs. The idea was that ‘we don’t have the technology – so neither can they’. Eventually he came around and authorized a bombing campaign of Peenemunde and the launch sites.  Obviously it was confirmed when the Germans finally started to launch the V2 and the doodlebug.  On another note, Winston’s father made a fortune buying opium from India and selling it in China.

    • Alberto Flores says:

      Arghhh … unable to watch on my region … restrictions … any alternative links?

      • petr says:

        yeah I hate those restrictions, and Nova is one of my faves. I’m in Canada but it worked the other day. Most of the time it won’t stream outside the US. 
        there’s always Piratebay

  9. I like the slightly premature comment he made when he received news about the effects of the first atomic bomb:  “The air forces of the world have achieved their goal.  They now have the ability to destroy the entire human race without the loss of a single pilot.”

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