Only five countries actually want to ban killer robots. Cuba, Pakistan, Egypt, Ecuador, and the Vatican backed a lethal autonomous weapons ban at the UN; everyone else wasn't sure. Last month, Russia announced a new mobile robot guard designed to gun down trespassers at ballistic missile bases. The twist? They don’t need human permission. The mobile robot, which resembles a gun-mounted tank, can be set to patrol an area and fire on anything it identifies as a target.
In the years I’ve been watching politics and foreign affairs I don’t believe I’ve ever seen any story come unglued as fast as the Obama administration’s version of events on what happened to our diplomatic presence in Egypt and Libya on September 11, 2012. And I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a senior government official so completely repudiated in a mere week as was UN Ambassador Susan Rice.