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The U.S. Drone Program is Fatally Flawed
From the Panel
For: AHMED RASHID
- Viewed from Pakistan, America’s War on Terror Is Not Yet Over
Ahmed Rashid, Financial Times, May 30, 2013Rather than being just one tactic in a wider U.S. counterterrorism strategy, drones have become the strategy itself.
- An Interview with Ahmed Rashid
TOLOnews.com, July 20, 2013In this interview, Rashid responds to questions about peace talks with the Taliban, the group's Doha office, the new government in Islamabad, the security transition in Afghanistan and the country's upcoming elections.
- ‘Pakistan on the Brink’: Ahmed Rashid on Perilous Ties Between the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan
Amy Goodman interviews Ahmed Rashid, Democracy Now, March 28, 2012Rashid talks about relations between Pakistan and the United States.
- Part 2: Ahmed Rashid on U.S. Relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan, Drones, and Journalists in Danger
Amy Goodman interviews Ahmed Rashid, Democracy Now, March 28, 2012Continued discussion with Rashid, including thoughts on the continued use of drones in Pakistan.
For: JOHN KAEL WESTON
- America’s Troubled Drone Policy: Let the Debate Finally Begin
John Kael Weston, The Daily Beast, February 10, 2013For men on the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan, drone strikes raise many uncomfortable questions.
- The Renegade Diplomat: Kael Weston’s Afghanistan Turnaround
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Daily Beast, November 5, 2012Kael Weston risked his life on the front lines in Afghanistan—and reached his own, unusual conclusions.
Against: DENNIS BLAIR
- Blair: Drone Strikes Reduce Chance of Mistakes
NBC Nightly News, June 5, 2013Retired Adm. Dennis Blair, former director of National Intelligence, says that drone strikes can more effectively identify and target combatants than other types of airstrikes.
- U.S. Drone Strike Policies
Dennis Blair, Micah Zenko and Jonathan Masters, Council on Foreign Relations, January 22, 2013A CFR media conference call on U.S. drone policy.
- Ex-Obama Adviser on Plan to Limit Drones: Why Did We Wait?
Rachel Martin interviews Dennis Blair, Weekend Edition, May 26, 2013The drone program ought to be conducted by the Department of Defense, under the normal rules of war, laws of armed conflict which the United States and other advanced countries have worked out over the years.
- Backlash from Drone Attacks in Pakistan
Lesley Stahl interviews Dennis Blair, Aspen Security Forum, February 1, 2012Pull back on unilateral actions by the U.S. except in extraordinary circumstances.
- Drones Alone Are Not the Answer
Dennis Blair, New York Times, August 14, 2011Washington should support a new security campaign that includes jointly controlled drone strikes and combines the capabilities of Pakistan and America.
Against: NORTON SCHWARTZ
- Air Force Chief Leaves Legacy in the Sky: Drones
Tom Bowman, Morning Edition, August 10, 2012Remotely piloted aircraft will be the future of the Air Force.
- Schwartz: AF Needs Manned Aircraft Despite UAVs
Jeff Schogol, Air Force Times, July 24, 2012‘Ultimately, it is conceivable that the majority of aviators in our Air Force will be Remotely Piloted Aircraft operators.’
- Air Force Chief Talks of Shrinking Budgets, Post-Iraq Exhaustion
Charles Clark, National Journal, May 2, 2012‘Is it more ethical to engage an asset from an F-15 or an F-16 or an [unmanned] M Q9? We have rules of engagement, so if it is a legitimate target, the manner in which we engage that target in close combat is irrelevant.’
- The Air Force in the Twenty First Century
Harry Kreisler interviews Norton Schwartz, Conversations with History, March 12, 2013 Schwartz reflects on his career and analyzes the essential elements of military leadership. He also explores the challenges of securing and maintaining the nuclear arsenal and the implications of developing and deploying pilotless aircraft.
ARTICLES FOR & AGAINST
- Reforming U.S. Drone Strike Policies
Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations, January 2013This report analyzes the potentially serious consequences, both at home and abroad, of a lightly overseen drone program and makes recommendations for improving its governance.
- The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing
Rosa Brooks, Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, April 23, 2013The manner in which the United States has been using drone strikes raises questions about their strategic efficacy and unintended consequences.
- Are Drone Strikes Killing Terrorists or Creating Them?
Hassan Abbas, The Atlantic, March 31, 2013The truth is we don't know whether U.S. drone strikes have killed more terrorists or produced more terrorists. Regardless, killing terrorists is only a stopgap arrangement..
- The World as Free-Fire zone
Fred Kaplan, MIT Technology Review, June 7, 2013How drones made it easy for Americans to kill a particular person anywhere on the planet.
- Obama Won’t End the Drone War, But Pakistan Might
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Al Jazeera, July 3, 2013Drone strikes in Pakistan and other countries is not in the U.S. national interest and mires the country in endless war.
- Drones Best Weapons We’ve Got for Accuracy, Control, Oversight; Critics Don’t Get It
David Deptula, Breaking Defense, February 15, 2013The critics don’t understand the reality of “drone” operations, nor do they comprehend that our adversaries are most certainly conducting an aggressive perception management campaign on this issue – a very effective one if the recent hysteria over RPA use is a measure of effectiveness.
- Why Drones Work: The Case for Washington’s Weapon of Choice
Daniel Byman, Brookings, July/August 2013Drone strikes remain a necessary instrument of counterterrorism.
- Prepared Statement of Martha McSally
Martha McSally, colonel (retired), USAF, Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, April 23, 2013For targeted strikes of fleeting targets in low air defense threat environments, an RPA is the best platform to choose to ensure precision, persistence, flexibility, and minimize civilian casualties.
- Drone Policy Can Be a Moral Policy
Mark Tooley, The Washington Post, August 15, 2013Any government that shuns the available tools in defense of its people and in pursuit of justice has failed its vocation.
- The Case for Drone Strikes
Michael Lewis, LA Times, February 5, 2013They remain the best option for denying Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters havens in Pakistan.
- The Moral Case for Drones
Scott Shane, New York Times, July 14, 2012Some moral philosophers, political scientists and weapons specialists believe armed, unmanned aircraft offer marked moral advantages over almost any other tool of warfare.
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