Category: drones

9 bases in Afghanistan, 1 outside Philadelphia

According to an Associated Press article from last Thursday, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai says the United States wants to keep nine military bases in the country, which Karzai has said could be agreed, with certain conditions (namely the U.S. continuing to provide military training and economic development aid). […]

To strike or not to strike?

Supporters of the administration’s targeted killing policy often point out that armed drones are far more precise than other means of air warfare. In a particularly weak defense of the policy, Amitai Etzioni writes: Most important, critics often conflate two distinct issues: Should we kill terrorists that cannot […]

Bringing the human cost of the drone war to the Senate

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing entitled “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.” It’s crucial that the Senate is raising important questions about targeted killings, and disappointing (though unfortunately not all that surprising) […]

Not so targeted

The administration and many members of Congress have insisted that the US’s targeted killing program focuses on surgical strikes against Al Qaeda leaders and “associated forces,” with the utmost care given to avoiding civilian casualties. New information uncovered by McClatchy confirms what outside experts and advocates have long […]