The slippery slope is now a very twisted slippery slope.
The Pentagon is creating a new high-level military medal that will recognize drone pilots and giving it added clout by placing it above some traditional combat valor medals in the military's "order of precedence," reports USA Today.
Thus, this is likely the very first medal that could be given out to someone for killing an American who has never faced trial.
The Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to pilots of unmanned aircraft, offensive cyber war experts or others who are directly involved in operations but who are not physically in theater and facing the physical risks that warfare historically entails.
"This award recognizes the reality of the kind of technological warfare we are engaged in the 21st century," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters.
"Our military reserves its highest decorations obviously for those who display gallantry and valor in actions when their lives are on the line, and we will continue to do so," Panetta said. "But we should also have the ability to honor the extraordinary actions that make a true difference in combat operations."
The new medal will be awarded for specific acts, such as the successful targeting of a particular individual at a critical time.