Category Archives: Opinions and Commentary

Majority of world does not support drone strikes

According to a study by Washington-based Pew Research Center, the majority of the 39 countries polled oppose the Obama administration’s drone strikes. In 31 nations, at least half of those surveyed disapprove of the US conducting targeted killings in locations … Continue reading

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Micah Zenko on the need for accountability

Leon Panetta had unique and unprecedented access into U.S. targeted killing programs as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (February 2009–June 2011) and secretary of defense (June 2011–February 2013). As Daniel Klaidman revealed last year, one procedural change … Continue reading

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U.S. drone strikes radicalize an entire generation

The Sabaoon School for boys in Swat Valley aims to “de-radicalize” local youth, aged 8-18. Its attendees have all been involved in some form of militant activity. The school’s director claims the teenagers turn to crime, unsurprisingly, as a result … Continue reading

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Peter Bergen reviews “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth””

Blurb: “A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war”. Mark Mazzetti’s new book, “The Way … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll on drone strikes

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) think the U.S. government should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against suspected terrorists. Americans are, however, much less likely to say the U.S. should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries … Continue reading

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William J. Astore on the history of American bombing

William Astore, over at TomDispatch, writes on the history of American “airpower” — from balloons to bombers to drones — and the persistent failure of technology to deliver. The fantasy of air war as a realm of technical decision, as … Continue reading

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Drone talk, the University of Edinburgh

I’ll be giving a talk at the University of Edinburgh this Friday alongside Hilary Stauffer of Reprieve. Check out the poster:

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