A Facebook friend just posted a story about life-sized Cardboard Cops being used around a T-Stop in Cambridge. It didn't stop the real criminals, but I'll bet if you passed one on the highway while speeding or texting, you'd stop speeding or texting!
Which made me think....hmmm...maybe instead of CLOSING all our consulates in the middle east, we should just staff them with life sized cardboard cut outs? Or even interactive robots, like THIS ONE created by Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory (allowing for interaction AND image capture of who's invading an embassy).
Angry mobs could riot, attack, shoot, and burn as they did in Benghazi, but without any loss of life.
We wouldn't have to retaliate with drone strikes, which frequently kills innocents as well as targets, creating more animosity.
And I doubt that robots, or even cardboard cut outs, are going to do any WORSE than U.S. humans at winning hearts and minds of Al Qaeda operatives or angry religious extremists. Experts say that sometimes a good listener is the best medicine for rage. (or a harmless punching bag...CLICK HERE to see how this might work!)