Friday, March 22, 2013

The Drone Wars

I wasn't aware our foreign drone program extended this far (h/t instapundit ALL HAIL INSTAPUNDIT):

"Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has relied heavily on drones for operations, both declared and covert, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. U.S. drones also fly from allied bases in TurkeyItalySaudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines."

Also: I suspect drones are being currently used by law enforcement stateside, and not just at the borders.  Too tinfoil hat?  Maybe.

A very comprehensive outline of the events leading to the attack on 9/11 was written by Steven Coll, entitled Ghost Wars. Good read.  Anyhoo, one of the events that stuck with me was Coll's description of how Clinton directed the CIA as opposed to his predecessors.  Mainly, Clinton relied on more remote means for operations, as Bush and Reagan took a more hands-on approach.

I guess the point I am trying to make here is that I pray Obama is not making the same mistake*.  Having people in the field still has its advantages over a more sterile approach, i.e. drones.

*Coll and I cannot stress enough that we are not blaming Clinton for 9/11.  I blame the hijackers and militant, fundamentalist Islam.

Last note: go see Zero Dark Thirty.  Understand why the left hated it: no Obama appearance  (his actual dithering is hinted at), the real WMD threat assessment was explained in proper context, the audience was left to make up their mind on treatment of non-combatants and not spoon-fed dogma, and credit was given where due.  Also, Adm. McRaven got a proper shout-out.  

Content-wise, the movie was outstanding.  The director definitely redeemed herself for that steaming pile called "The Hurt Locker".

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