Remember a couple years ago, when Obama said we’d shape up his drone program and achieve “near certainty
” that civilians wouldn’t be killed and signature strikes would basically end? Turns out that’s not quite true
. There were some pretty huge asterisks that were attached to his proclamation.
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For one, the CIA was essentially allowed to do as they please when it came to drone strikes in Pakistan. And judging by the killing of hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, we aren’t “nearly certain” of anything. The only thing that is nearly certain is that nearly nothing has changed over the past two years. The Obama administration admitted they really don’t know who we’re killing with drones.
If it looks like a terrorist from thousands of feet above, FIRE! Last year, of 41 people targeted by drones, 1,147 were killed. A ratio like that is not going to go a long way in winning over hearts and minds. With drones on the rise, it’s time to investigate if this sort of warfare actually works or is beneficial in the long run— a decidedly difficult task with so much of the US drone program shrouded in secrecy. Enjoy your Commander-in-Drone, like, share and check out the links behind the cartoon!