Q: Is killing bad?
Q: Which of your kills is your favorite?
Q: Which kill are you most proud of? Which kill are you most likely to tell your grandchildren about?
Q: Is it true that if you’re lucky in combat then you’re basically a dead man walking back in the civilian world? (You know, Chris Kyle, Ira Hayes, etc.)
Q: Isn’t it true that the military will soon be deploying robotic snipers?
Q: And when robotic snipers take the place of human trigger-pullers, will the computer jockeys who remotely operate these robo-snipers be heroes?
Q: Will it take a special breed of people to remotely operate these robo-snipers?
Q: And if, in the near future, these joystick killers operating from their office are not particularly special nor heroic, why are you? It’s the same job, right?
A: Because snipers get shot at. Drone operators don’t.
Q: Good point! So it’s really getting shot at that makes one heroic, not the shooting?
A: I think it’s the combination of performing a difficult task while getting shot at or potentially getting shot at.
Q: So if you could play chess while getting shot at, you’d be the most heroic chess player?… I guess I could see that. Thanks for the interview, sir.
A: Thanks for letting me know I’m about to be automated out of a job.