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Entry from February 08, 2018
“What’s the difference between an Afghani military base and a Pakistani elementary school?” (joke)

A military joke about drone killing has been printed on many images:

Q: What’s the difference between an Afghani military base and a Pakistani elementary school?
A: I don’t know. I just fly the drone.


The joke was posted on Twitter on March 17, 2014, and probably originated on the website Sickipedia. A drone operator is usually far away from the military strike, and United States drones in Afghanistan and other areas have frequently hit civilian targets (intentionally or unintentionally).


Wikipedia: UAVs in the U.S. military
As of January 2014, the U.S. military operates a large number of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs or Unmanned Air Vehicles): 7,362 RQ-11 Ravens; 990 AeroVironment Wasp IIIs; 1,137 AeroVironment RQ-20 Pumas; and 306 RQ-16 T-Hawk small UAS systems and 246 Predators and MQ-1C Grey Eagles; 126 MQ-9 Reapers; 491 RQ-7 Shadows; and 33 RQ-4 Global Hawk large systems.

The military role of unmanned aircraft systems is growing at unprecedented rates. In 2005, tactical- and theater-level unmanned aircraft alone had flown over 100,000 flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, in which they are organized under Task Force Liberty in Afghanistan and Task Force ODIN in Iraq. Rapid advances in technology are enabling more and more capability to be placed on smaller airframes, which is spurring a large increase in the number of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) being deployed on the battlefield. The use of SUAS in combat is so new that no formal DoD wide reporting procedures have been established to track SUAS flight hours. As the capabilities grow for all types of UAS, nations continue to subsidize their research and development, leading to further advances and enabling them to perform a multitude of missions. UAS no longer only perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions, although this still remains their predominant type. Their roles have expanded to areas including electronic attack, drone strikes, suppression or destruction of enemy air defense, network node or communications relay, combat search and rescue, and derivations of these themes.

Twitter
Andrius Daulys‏
@andriusdaulys
A joke - “What’s the difference between an Afghani Military Base and a Pakistani Elementary School? I don’t know, I just fly the drone “
10:25 AM - 17 Mar 2014

Twitter
guy from that thing‏
@AusBoss_
What’s the difference between an afghani military base and a Pakistani elementary school? I don’t know I just fly the drone.
10:28 AM - 17 Mar 2014

Twitter
Sickipedia Official‏
@sickipedia
What’s the difference between an Afghani Military Base and a Pakistani Elementary School?
I don’t know, I just fly the drone. #sickipedia
5:10 AM - 18 Mar 2014

Reddit—ConspiracyHumour
What’s the difference between an Afghani Military Base and a Pakistani Elementary School? (self.ConspiracyHumour)
submitted March 19, 2014 by BadgerGecko
I don’t know, I just fly the drone.

Reddit—Jokes
What’s the difference between an Afghani Military Base and a Pakistani Elementary School?
submitted March 23, 2014 by One_hairy_testicle
I don’t know, I just fly the drone.

Reddit—Jokes
What’s the difference between a Taliban outpost and a Pakistani Elementary school?
submitted May 26, 2014 by Lawnchair_Breeder
I don’t know, I just fly the drone.

Reddit—Jokes
What’s the difference between a mosque and a school?
submitted August 8, 2014 by rob2001
I don’t know, I just fly the drones.

Reddit—Jokes
What’s the difference between a Pakistani middle school and an Al Qaeda training ground?
submitted September 11, 2014 by yourfriendkyle
I dunno, I just fly the drone.

Reddit—Jokes
What’s the difference between a Pakistani Kindergarten and a Taliban Training Ground?
submitted January 1, 2015 by InertiaofLanguage
Don’t ask me, I just fly the drone.

Reddit—Jokes
Whats the difference between a terrorist training camp and an orphanage?
submitted April 23, 2016 by oralintensity
I don’t know I just fly the drone.

Reddit—Jokes
What’s the difference between a weapons factory and a Palestinian preschool?
submitted February 8, 2018 by leijt
I don’t know, I just pilot the drone.
COMMENTS
eastain
Ancient joke.
Perpetuating the misunderstanding of how drones and manned fighter-bombers are the same, except the drone pilot is in an air conditioned shipping container in Arizona.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, February 08, 2018 • Permalink