The LA Times reports that the Obama administration gave the nod to increased drone strikes in Pakistan that might previously have been vetoed for fear of angering Islamabad. According to one anonymous U.S. official, “What do we have to lose?”
Previously Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the U.S. was “reaching the limits of our patience”, adding, “It is difficult to achieve peace in Afghanistan as long as there is safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan”.
Eight Predator drone attacks have taken place since Zardari refused to repoen supply routes at the May 20-21 NATO summit in Chicago. In the previous five and a half months, there were 14.