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Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

“There is a logic to empire that differs from the logic of a nation, and acts committed in service to an empire but never acknowledged as such have a tendency to haunt the future” (p.8). The first of an “unlikely” … Continue reading

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Creating Monsters (Dirty Wars, A Review, Part 6)

This is my final report on Jeremy Scahill’s must-read book, Dirty Wars. It covers counter-terrorist operations in Yemen. Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” – first impressions Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 1: The Rise of Neoconservatives Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 2: The … Continue reading

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Drone “Blowback”: The Cambodian Precendent

Henry Grabar, writing in the Atlantic, argues that the U.S.’ secretive and not-so-secretive bombing of Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s provides a historical precedent for understanding the types of consequences that emerge from paramilitary bombing. “Between 1965 and 1973, … Continue reading

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Support for drone strikes collapses in U.S.

Micah Zenko, of the Council on Foreign Relations, has recently published a report on U.S. drones and national foreign policy. Among some of the well-known critiques, including the “blowback” created from radicalizing local populations, as well as the damage done by … Continue reading

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Drone strikes are “counter-productive”, former Obama security adviser

Although it is obvious to lots of people that a “thanatopolitics” – the mobilization of death to secure life – is doomed to failure, when U.S officials acknowledge this shortcoming, it crests in the news. Consider Michael Boyle, who was on Obama’s … Continue reading

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“Good” Taliban leader killed in drone strike, Pakistan

Blowback is expected in the wake of the death of Maulvi Nazir, a senior Taliban militant leader in the tribal areas, and a nominal ally of Pakistan’s military. The 2nd January strike in South Waziristan is controversial because the commander … Continue reading

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The Moral and Legal Case for Drones: An All-Too-Human Responsibility

The rise of drone warfare across the planet, spearheaded by the CIA, continues to challenge and transform the basic principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the laws of war or the law of armed conflict. Drones are frequently touted … Continue reading

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