January 7, 2013

Obama Should Shed Light on Shadowy Drone War

Bloomberg, Bloomberg

AP Photo

Questions about the drone campaign, which is being waged under the congressional authorization for the 2001 Afghan invasion, are piling up. What is the legality of killing people far from any battlefield? How do we decide to use a strike rather than a ground operation? What weight is given to the likelihood of civilian casualties? Does the authorization extend only to al-Qaeda members, to its loose network of affiliates, or to any Islamic militant? How much consideration is given to the possibility of so-called blowback attacks when drone technology becomes available to terrorists and other enemies?

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Drones, Afghanistan, Barack Obama, United States

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

January 10, 2013
Obama's 'No Drama' Foreign Policy
Robert Kaplan, Stratfor
Obama's presidency constitutes not so much leadership as a stewardship of foreign policy. That is to say, foreign policy during his administration is in safe hands, no great initiatives or schemes have been -- or will be --... more ››
January 14, 2013
Obama's Sort-of War on Terror
Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
Foreign policy often proves ironic. Sometimes chaos and confusion have their place. By posing as a post-national Nobel laureate, by promulgating all sorts of politically correct bromides, and by serially trashing the unpopular... more ››
January 8, 2013
John Brennan, Obama's Drone Warrior
Bergen & Rowland, CNN
President Barack Obama has nominated his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to be the next director of the CIA. If there is an emerging Obama doctrine to deal with the threat from al Qaeda and its allies, it is clearly a... more ››
January 10, 2013
Pull Back the Curtain on Drones
Micah Zenko, NY Daily News
This week, President Obama nominated his homeland security adviser and deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism, John Brennan, to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the coming weeks, a... more ››