Sign up FAST! Login

With Brennan Pick, a Light on Drone Strikes’ Hazards -

With Brennan Pick a Light on Drone Strikes Hazards NYTimes com


Stashed in: Military!, Drones

To save this post, select a stash from drop-down menu or type in a new one:

Mr. Brennan, a former C.I.A. station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has taken a particular interest in Yemen, sounding early alarms within the administration about the threat developing there, working closely with neighboring Saudi Arabia to gain approval for a secret C.I.A. drone base there that is used for American strikes, and making the impoverished desert nation a test case for American counterterrorism strategy.

In recent years, both C.I.A. and Pentagon counterterrorism officials have pressed for greater freedom to attack suspected militants, and colleagues say Mr. Brennan has often been a restraining voice. The strikes have killed a number of operatives of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist network’s affiliate in Yemen, including Said Ali al-Shihri, a deputy leader of the group, and the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

But they have also claimed civilians like Mr. Jaber and have raised troubling questions that apply to Pakistan and Somalia as well: Could the targeted killing campaign be creating more militants in Yemen than it is killing? And is it in America’s long-term interest to be waging war against a self-renewing insurgency inside a country about which Washington has at best a hazy understanding?

Several former top military and intelligence officials — including Stanley A. McChrystal, the retired general who led the Joint Special Operations Command, which has responsibility for the military’s drone strikes, and Michael V. Hayden, the former C.I.A. director — have raised concerns that the drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen are increasingly targeting low-level militants who do not pose a direct threat to the United States.

"The Drone Wars" is a great title for a film.

Could be the next subject for Kathryn Bigelow after "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty".

I am so conflicted on whether the world is better off or worse off because of the drones.

Probably BOTH better off AND worse off.

just another tool that takes away privacy and brings connectedness

Brings connectedness? By killing things?

I guess not all drones are killing machines, so that's unfair of me to think.

You May Also Like: